MISSION SAN ANTONIO VALERO
Founded in 1718 by the Spanish as Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo is the most visited tourist destination in Texas, according to the State of Texas’ Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism Commissions. Considered the most hallowed site of the Texas Revolution, the Alamo is also the earliest of the county’s five Spanish missions. The Mexican Army fortified and occupied it from 1803 to 1835. In December 1835, Texas patriots captured the fort but in February of 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna and his troops overran the presidio, killing its defenders, who included William Travis, James Bowie and Davy Crockett.