The Five Spanish Missions of San Antonio

The Madison – San Antonio Riverwalk is surrounded by rich history.  Within walking distance is one of five missions of San Antonio, The Alamo. The five missions established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century became the largest concentration of Catholic missions in North America. Built primarily to expand Spanish New World influence northward from Mexico, the missions also served to introduce native inhabitants into Spanish society.

Four of the missions (San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion, and Espada) were originally founded in East Texas. As the East Texas missions succumbed to drought, malaria, and French incursions, however, they were relocated to San Antonio.

The missions flourished during the middle of the 18th century, but later declined due to inadequate military support, disease, and increased hostilities with Apaches and Comanches.

If you are planning on an extended stay in San Antonio, consider staying with us at The Madison – San Antonio Riverwalk. Call us 210.544.5416 or complete our contact form.


About THE MADISON - San Antonio Riverwalk

The Madison offers fully furnished luxury apartments on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Whether you are looking for extended stay accommodations, corporate housing, or temporary furnished housing, we offer a conveniently located, higher value alternative to the conventional San Antonio hotels.
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