Symposium and Exhibit Stress Historic Involvement of Spain and Mexico with Texas

Marketing and Communications | October 25, 2011

A free public exhibit that commemorates the historic involvement of Spain and Mexico with Texas will be on display starting November 2nd at 4:00pm at Texas A&M University’s Evans Library in the Whitley Suite.  The exhibit will be on display through November 11th


The exhibit “El Camino Real de los Tejas: Past & Present,” created by the Consulate General of Spain in Houston, features panels with old maps and engraving reproductions, photographs, and other historical documents. “The exhibit is kind of a ‘historical tourism’ along a very important road,” said David Rex Galindo, historical curator of the exhibit.


A symposium led by experts in this field will be held November 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Evans Library, Room 204E, at Texas A&M University.  


“Two of the foremost historians of Spanish colonialism and a wonderful young scholar who is quickly developing a reputation in the field  — who received her doctorate from the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University —will speak to the issue of Texas colonial history.  Their papers will be discussed by two prominent members of the Department of History at Texas A&M,” said Alberto Moreiras, Department Head of Hispanic Studies.


The upcoming exhibition “El Camino Real de los Tejas: Past and Present” will feature both a printed map and an interactive GoogleMap created by Texas A&M University Libraries Map and GIS Collections and Services in collaboration with the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. The map is based on geographic coordinates described on the December 11, 1728, “Mapa que hace patentes los Presidios de las Provincias Internas,” a matrix that summarizes the investigation done by Brigadier General Pedro de Rivera during 1724 – 1727 in the northern areas of New Spain, including present day Texas, and identifying 23 presidios located along caminos reales. The rare item is part of Cushing Library’s collections, and a digitized version of the chart will be displayed as well.


The exhibition and symposium seek to increase public awareness of a long and important period in the history of Texas — the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, when Spain and later Mexico were involved with the Lone Star State.


The Camino Real de los Tejas (Royal Road of Texas) is a historic landmark that dates from 1680 to 1845 and spans Spanish, Mexican, and early American history. El Camino Real de los Tejas was designated as a national Historic Trail in 2004 by the U.S. congress and is one of 11 historic trails in the country. The trail has been extensively studied by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Although the Camino Real de los Tejas Association completed an ambitious Comprehensive Management Plan, this trail and other Caminos Reales located across the Americas are not very well known by Texans. They deserve a loving and detailed attention, said Cynthia Brandimarte, Director of the Historic Sites & Structure Program of Texas Parks and Wildlife.


The exhibit and symposium are sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Studies, the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost Office, Texas A&M University Libraries, and the European Union Center at Texas A&M University, and the generosity of Manuel and Carol Gonzalez, owners of Sterling Auto Group in Bryan, Texas.


Exhibit organizers were the Consulate General of Spain, Houston, Texas A&M University, and SPAIN Arts & Culture.


Collaborators in the creation of the exhibit include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, Texas Historical Commission, Gobierno de España Ministerio de Cultura, the Spanish International Development Cooperation Agency, Gobierno de España Ministerio de Defensa, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.


For more information about the exhibit, contact: or call Erin Pope at 979-862-7455.