Photographer's Note

The Missions National Park near San Antonio consists of four missions from the Spanish era. This one, Mission San Jos, is the best restored of the four. The foreground, which used to be covered, is part of the Convent; the ground floor was probably used to store supplies. In the background may be seen the dome of the church itself. The church is still used as a church.

This mission was started about 1720; the church was completed in 1783. The Spaniards started a number of missions, in Texas and elsewhere, to serve several purposes. First, they were defensive; many of them were walled and served well to protect the inhabitants from attacks by the locals. Second, many locals were invited to be part of the mission; to participate in the agriculture that started around many of the missions. In return, they were proselytized; the degree to which this missionary work was successful is up for debate.

This particular mission was restored in the 1920s and 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.

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Additional Photos by Roger Lipsett (rogerl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 298] (1632)
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