Goliad State Park & Historic Site – Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]

Goliad State Park & Historic Site – Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official]


[Gregorian chant music] – BRENDA JUSTICE: Goliad State
Park and Historic Site is a really special place. We have a really nice
blend of history, as well as natural resources. The park has camping,
places to go hiking, biking, canoeing, paddling, as well as the history which
it’s mostly known for. – Probably around 5 or 6 o’clock
church bell rings again, everyone went back to
church one more time. That was again completely
different for the Native Americans,
a whole new experience. – JARED RAMIREZ: This is an
18th century Spanish Mission. One of the first
efforts by Europeans to colonize Texas. Besides being introduced
to Catholicism, the natives were introduced
to all different types of Spanish living. – That wall is original is well,
all the way around. – JARED: When the mission
was at its peak there were about 300 people
living here. And those were mainly natives
housed within these walls.– NARRATOR: The missions
at Goliad lasted 81 years,
closing in 1830.The buildings eventually
fell into disrepair,
and much of the wood and stone
from the site was salvaged
by local residents.The property was acquired
by the state in 1931,
and a year later the first
of many restoration efforts
were begun.– JARED: We have the historic
Mission Espíritu Santo de Zuniga, dating back
to 1749. We have Mission Rosario
which is about 4 miles outside of
downtown Goliad. – This was the bell tower. – JARED: Rosario would
have been very similar to what you see here
at Espíritu Santo. It was never quite
as successful. – But when they did
an excavation here, what they found was a
lot of little pieces of painted plaster. – JARED: The mission compound
was never developed to the extent that this was. And so when you visit
there you’re only going to see the ruins of the
mission buildings. You’ll see the outlines of
all the different rooms that were there. It’s really quite interesting
to go visit Rosario and see the similarities
and the differences between the activities
at both sites.– NARRATOR: Goliad is also
the birthplace of
General Ignacio Zaragoza.Born at the nearby community
of La Bahía in 1829,
Zaragoza lead the
Mexican Army in the
Battle of Puebla.– SOLDIERS: Viva Mexico!– NARRATOR: On May 5th, 1862,
General Zaragoza’s
outnumbered forces
defeated the occupying
French army, a date now
celebrated as Cinco de Mayo.
[church bell tolling] – BRENDA: Many of our
visitors that come here specifically to see
Mission Espíritu Santo, and then they stumble upon
the fact that we have beautiful campgrounds in
our park and a lot of nature. – These are called our
Eastern lubber grasshoppers. Spanish Dagger. This is called the
Anaqua tree. [fun organ music] – BRENDA: We have
beautiful nature trails where our park rangers
will do guided tours on the weekend. – JARED: It’s a hog-nose. He’s smashing himself out
and making himself wider to look bigger right now. You should never try
this ok, because I’m a professional park ranger
and I know what I’m doing. – BRENDA: We do have a
beautiful biking trail, called the Angel of Goliad
hike and bike trail. It connects downtown Goliad
which is historic in itself. Goes all the way through
the park and then connects to Presidio La Bahía just
down the road from us. – BIKER: There you go, got it. – BRENDA: And we have the
San Antonio River Trail. It’s a real natural,
undeveloped trail. It’s great to be able
to see the river. [paddles splash in water] One of the other special
things we have is we’re on the Goliad Paddling Trail
which is located on the San Antonio River. It’s about 6.1 miles of
beautiful, pristine river. – JARED: The river has
always been one of the main draws of this
part of Goliad. There’s a lot of evidence
that it inhabited by native groups well before
any of the Europeans had arrived here. So, when the Spaniards
came to this area, they recognized it as a
good place to build the Mission as well. You really get a good
sense of the history here because we have so much
of the site intact. Here you have the entire
perimeter wall, you have more or less
natural landscape surrounding the mission. So, you really get a good
sense of what it would have been like to live and
work here all those years. [birds chirping] – BRENDA: I think the thing
I love the most about this park is it is a small,
peaceful park. We have a little bit
of everything here. We have the San Antonio River, beautiful Mission
Espíritu Santo, the campgrounds that are
just gorgeous, lots of wildlife. It’s just a blend of
everything that you don’t find at other parks. It’s a lot of fun.

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