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Old 11-11-2007, 02:10 PM
 
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San Antonio-Saint Anthony.
Anthony of Padua - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Seventeenth century Spanish missionaries came across a small Native American community along what was then known as the Yanaguana River on the feast day of Saint Anthony and renamed the river and eventually a mission built nearby in his honor. This mission would at first become the focal point of a small community that would eventually grow in size and scope to become the city of San Antonio.



1536
Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, a shipwrecked captive of Indians, visits the interior of Texas, sees and describes the River.

1691June 13. Domingo Teran de los Rios, first Governor of the new Province of Texas, accompanies Father Damian Massanet on his return trip to East Texas. Camping at a rancheria of Payaya Indians on a stream called Yanaguana, someone said "let's celebrate mass and rename the stream 'San Antonio' because it is Saint Antony's day"

1709The Espinoza-Aguirre-Olivares expedition stops at the springs which Father Espinosa names San Pedro. Father Olivares notes the river as a good site for later missions.

1716The Spanish Council of war approves a site on the San Antonio River for a fortified presidio (fort). The Domingo Ramon expedition, accompanied by the trader St. Denis from Louisiana (who had come to the site two years previous) establishes a presidio on the river. This same council also approves the request by Father Olivares to establish a mission at the site.

1718Martin de Alarcon, Governor of Texas, reinforces the presidio. Its ten soldiers and their families are recognized as the beginning of the villa. Alarcon names the presidio San Antonio de Bejar in honor of the Duque de Bejar, the viceroy's brother, who died a hero's death defending Budapest from the Turks in 1686.

The Mission of San Francisco de Solano is moved from the Rio Grande to merge with Mission San Antonio de Padua. Father Olivares renames his merged mission Mission San Antonio de Valero. The presidio, the villa and the mission comprise the municipality named San Antonio de los Llanos (of the Plains) by Governor Alarcon.

1719Mission San Antonio moves to its second site on the east bank near the present day St. Joseph's Church on Commerce.

1720Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo is founded by Father Margil de Jesus, who names it in honor of San Juse, San Miguel and Gov. Aguayo (Jose de Azlor y Vlrto de Vera, the Marquis de Aguayo, appointed Governon of Texas and Coahuila in 1719.) Olivares protests Its closeness to Mission San Antonio. Captain Alazan lays out the 10 leagues distance between the missions required by the Laws of the Indies in order to give it the protection of the presidio

1721The Marquis de Aguayo moves the presidio San Antonio de Bejar to Its present site on the Plaza de Armas, where permanent-quarters are constructed for the soldiers. In 1726 the settlement population is 200, Including 45 military and their families.

1723May 10. The King of Spain issues a royal cedula ordering that 400 families be transported from the Canary Islands for the purpose of establishing a civil settlement in the vicinity of the Presidio de Bejar. 1724Mission San Antonio is moved to its third and final site on Alamo Plaza because of hurricane flooding at the previous site.

1727-1744Acequia Madre de Valero/Alamo Ditch is begun from the east side of the San Antonio River, south of the springs and north of the present day Witte Museum/Alligator Gardens building.1729The first 15 Canary Island families, of the 400 slated, begin their trip to the Presidio San Antonio. The King completely funds their journey via Havana and Vera Cruz; then overland to their new homes, providing detailed provisions for their final destination at the Presidio San Antonio.

1731March 9. The 15 families, plus 1 bachelor, arrive at the presidio to establish the first legally recognized civil settlement. The call It Villa de San Fernando In honor of King Ferdinand II. 1731-1739San Jose Acequla constructed.

1731-1745 Espada Dam, Acequia and Aqueduct constructed. Still in use. 1734The cornerstone of San Fernando Church (later Cathedral) is laid.

1736 Construction of the first bridge to span the San Antonio River, connecting the Presidio with Mission San Antonio, at site of the present Commerce St. bridge. 1

1738 Acequla Principal/San Pedro Ditch begun, diverting water from San Pedro Creek and returning it to San Antonio River south of downtown. It was sited on the ridgellne separating the San Pedro Creek and the San Antonio River watersheds. Water could be drawn-from both sides of the ditch.

1778 Beginning of American Revolution. Acequia Labor Arriba/Upper Labor Ditch is begun, diverting water from the west side of the river south of Hildebrand and terminating in the Acequla Principal near 5 points.

1792 All the missions are closed down by order of the Spanish government. Their lands are distributed to the mission Indians attached to the compounds
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:29 PM
 
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Saint Paul - Saint Paul
Duluth - Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut
Winona - The Indian Princess Winona
Minneapolis - Mr. Daniel Minne. Actually, they pulled that one form their asses.
Shakopee - Chief Shakopee
Carver - Jonathan Carver (Explorer)
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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King Louis the something
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: moving again
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Lord Baltimore, although I don't actually live there
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Old 11-11-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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Baron Baltimore, of Baltimore in County Longford, is an extinct title in the Peerage of Ireland. The Barony was created in 1625 and became extinct on the death of the 6th Baron in 1771. The title was held by several members of the Calvert family who were the proprietors of the Province of Avalon in Newfoundland and the Province of Maryland, later the U.S. state of Maryland.
In the context of United States history, the name Lord Baltimore usually refers to Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore after whom the city of Baltimore, Maryland is named. His younger brother Leonard Calvert was the first Governor of Maryland.


----taken from Wikipedia
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Old 11-11-2007, 05:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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St. Louis is named after King Louis the fourteenth I believe...or Louis the sixteenth, one of the two. My second home, Cleveland is named after Moses Cleaveland. Why the lack of an 'a' in Cleveland, you ask? Quite simple...they couldn't fit Moses' last name on the daily newspaper, so they took the 'a' out. Hence it was Cleveland from then on.
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Old 11-11-2007, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Denver,Co
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Denver had several names. First it was Montana City when it was first founded, then another settlement nearby was named Auraria after the town in Ga. People abandoned Montana city for auraria. Then finally in 1858 the settled Denver after the governor of Kansas territory...
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Old 11-11-2007, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Uniquely Individual Villages of the Megalopolis
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St. Louis is named after King Louis the fourteenth I believe...or Louis the sixteenth, one of the two. My second home, Cleveland is named after Moses Cleaveland. Why the lack of an 'a' in Cleveland, you ask? Quite simple...they couldn't fit Moses' last name on the daily newspaper, so they took the 'a' out. Hence it was Cleveland from then on.

How did Jefferson City, Missouri state capital get it's name? I dont' really know just curious.
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Old 11-11-2007, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Louis Nawatny, who platted the town (Louisville).
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Old 11-11-2007, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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My neighborhood is more populated than many small towns, but since we do not have a city government, we do not have an official name.

The post office has lumped us with "Sterling" although that is actually a town more than 10 miles away. I believe Mr. Sterling was the farmer who originally owned the land.

Our home owner's association calls us "Cascades." It is a geographic reference since we are along the Potomac River, near a section with plenty of cascades.

The county govt. has my house registered in "Potomac Falls" (at least that's what it says on the plat). That is also a geographic reference, as well as the name of the local high school. People who are active in community sports usually use this name. One of the walking trails crosses in front of a small waterfall (spillway) on Sugarland Run--the kids call this spillway "Potomac Falls."

Realtors call my neighborhood "Lowes Island." I don't know why... there is an island in the Potomac right here, but it's not Lowes Island. That Island is actually downstream. This development was built on former farm land, and one of the farm was owned by a Mr. Lowes, so maybe there is a connection.
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