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Texas Matters: San Antonio History Forged By Global, Military Forces

Three hundred years ago, San Antonio was a military outpost called the New World — a place that was far away, unexplored and uncertain. Char Miller, a W. M Keck professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College in Claremont California and author of "San Antonio A Tricentennial History," joins us to discuss the Alamo City's past on this "Texas Matters."

San Antonio was founded and settled to prove to the old world that this land belonged to Spain. And over the next three centuries, the city would change hands and flags multiple times — with the fate of Texas hanging in the balance.

Today San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the nation — as well as one of the fastest growing. And it still is fighting many of the same old battles over water, political power, poverty, and race.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org or on Twitter @DavidMartinDavi


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi