Historic Spanish fort in Goliad has ties to Mexican War of Independence

The historic Spanish fort located in Goliad was captured by rebels twice during the Mexican War of Independence
The Presidio La Bahia

Source: The Presidio La Bahia

GOLIAD, Texas – Mexico celebrated its Independence Day Wednesday.

The traditional “El Grito” ceremony was held at the national palace in Mexico City.

The president of Mexico rings the same bell used to incite the Mexican War for Independence in 1810.

Goliad has a connection to the Mexican War of Independence.

The Presidio La Bahia, a historic Spanish fort located in Goliad was captured by rebels twice during the Mexican War of Independence. It was captured by the Republican Army of the North in 1813 and by the Long Expedition in 1821.

La Bahia was a village that was part of Spanish Texas. It was later renamed Goliad in honor of the patriot priest Miguel Hidalgo, the father of the Mexican War of Independence.

“We work with local families that actually are tied to that history as descendants of soldiers that were here and things like that and we try to promote that history and that story and keep it alive as best as we can — see there’s a lot of people the come interested in that — they come here thinking of the Texas Revolution because that’s what we’re known for. We give them the earlier story and bring those characters to life, some of them, they hadn’t even heard of before,” said Scott McMahon, Director of the Presidio La Bahia.

The Presidio La Bahia, now a historic site and museum, closed for a few months after the pandemic was declared in March. The location was able to reopen in May.

Organizers had to cancel one of their biggest annual events originally scheduled for March 28 and 29. The Goliad Massacre and Living History Program is one of their bigger events.

Go here to learn more about their hours of operation and how you can plan a visit to the historic site.

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