Life in a Norteño Town
This chapter describes how most nineteenth-century travelers approached Bexar with a sense of relief and wonder. The relief came from arriving at a town safely after days of traversing the brush country, exposed to the possibility of attack from one of a variety of indigenous groups controlling the area, such as the Comanche or Lipan Apache. Indeed, immediately upon arrival, most Mexican travelers attended mass at San Fernando Cathedral. Writing in the eighteenth century, Juan Agustin de Morfi noted, “We went to the parish church to genuflect, to give thanks to Our Holy Father for the joy of our arrival.” The sense of wonder came from noting Bexar's relatively lush oasis in comparison to the harsh desert of northern New Spain.
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