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1. What would become San Antonio was once a settlement of Native American Indians known as the Payaya. In the late 1600s explorers and missionaries found the settlement and began its more European identity. From what European country were these early visitors?
2. The Native American settlers who lived in the area that would become San Antonio simply referred to it by a name in their native language that meant "refreshing waters". That was a reference to the nearby river. What is the modern day name for that river?
3. Both the town, San Antonio and the San Antonio River are named to honor Saint Anthony or Anthony of Padua. Why Saint Anthony?
4. Spain built many missions in and around San Antonio in an attempt to surpass France in the exploration and colonization to the land in North America that Spain had begun to call "New Spain". But what in this context is a mission?
5. Perhaps the Spanish mission that would become the one best known throughout American history is the Mission San Antonio de Valero - or, The Alamo - site of a battle there in 1836. Spain was not even among the combatants. Who fought at the Battle of The Alamo?
6. The Battle of The Alamo was not the only time war would have a devastating and impressive effect on the city of San Antonio in the nineteenth century. Although Texas had fought for its own independence, in 1845 it was annexed by the U.S.A. This led to what war?
7. San Antonio began a period of growth (and, re-growth) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. One industry was particularly profitable for the area. What initially brought life and revenue back to San Antonio and established it as a major frontier city? Images are still ubiquitous in the 21st century.
8. In the mid to late nineteenth century the growth of the American west often depended not only on getting people to a new area but moving livestock across the country, as well. Trail drives (or, routes) were established to make this a more organized and safe procedure. One trail had its origin in San Antonio. Which one?
9. San Antonio does have a very rich history and much to offer the visitor in the 21st century. Published information about tourism in Texas has listed The Alamo as the number one tourist attraction for the state. Another place in San Antonio is given the number two attraction as well. What is it?
10. San Antonio is not just history and tourism. It has been known to be quite modern and entertaining for its residents, too. Professional sports has been no exception. What NBA (National Basketball Association) team began its play in San Antonio in 1973?
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