On this day in 1721, the Aguayo expedition under Marqués de Aguayo crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with a force of some 500 men, which he called the Battalion of San Miguel de Aragón.
Aguayo reached San Antonio on April 4 before proceeding to East Texas. The expedition resulted in the increase in the number of missions in Texas from two to ten, the increase in the number of presidios from one to four, and the establishment of so definite a Spanish claim to Texas that it was never again disputed by France or by the French in Louisiana.
“Texas does not, like any other region, simply have indigenous dishes. It proclaims them. It congratulates you, on your arrival, at having escaped from the slop pails of the other 49 states.” ~ Alistair Cooke