By Thomas S. Bremer
Greater than 1000000 travelers stopover at spiritual landmarks in San Antonio, Texas, every year, gazing and infrequently engaging in spiritual actions there. The San Antonio Missions nationwide historic Park--managed by means of the nationwide Park carrier, in cooperation with the Catholic Church--is considered one of countless numbers of non secular locations in the US and world wide the place travelers became a well-known presence. In Blessed with travelers, Thomas S. Bremer explores the intersection of tourism and trade with faith in American, utilizing the missions and different San Antonio websites as best examples.Bremer recounts the background of San Antonio, from its local American roots to its improvement as a spiritual heart with the expansion of the Spanish colonial missions, to the fashionable transformation of San Antonio right into a vacationer vacation spot. utilising either ethnographic and ancient methods, Bremer examines the recommendations of position, identification, aesthetics, and commercialization, demonstrating a number of ways in which smooth industry forces have an effect on spiritual groups. by means of opting for very important connections among non secular and touristic practices, Bremer establishes San Antonio as a particular resource for somebody trying to comprehend the interaction among the spiritual and the secular, the normal and the trendy.
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But the new Mexican government was anxious to distance itself from the colonial legacy of the Catholic Church, and in it ordered the ‘‘full and complete secularization’’ of all missions; by February , the San Antonio missions were closed. 64 By the s, when a revolution brought about the creation of the independent Republic of Texas, the missions had lost their religious signiﬁcance and had become little more than abandoned ruins. But by then, San Antonio had become more than a place of colonial settlement; it also served as a crucial way station for all sorts of travelers.
Rutherford B. ’’ 89 Like many early tourists in ; The earliest known photograph of Mission San José, taken in the s. By then, tourists regularly made the trip south of San Antonio to visit the mission ruins. ) San Antonio, the future president of the United States found the missions both alluring and repulsive. 90 Indeed, the picturesque scenes of desolation and decay brought a steady stream of visitors to San Antonio and its former missions. The aesthetic attraction of places like San Antonio were made all the more appealing by the hardships of travel.
General Santa Anna had ordered that no mercy should be shown and no prisoners should be taken; in fact, when ; one of his generals presented a handful of prisoners captured after the battle had subsided, Santa Anna severely reprimanded him and had the prisoners executed on the spot. 7 It was not long after the historic siege ended that tourists began seeking out the scene of the battle. They quickly found that there was no shortage of local guides to show them around the site and to narrate for them the dramatic events that had occurred there.