Finding Medina: The Governor Returns

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LIDAR imagery of the Encinal de Medina showing historic road paths.

Courtesy / Brandon Seale - Google Earth

Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) imagery of the Encinal de Medina shows historic road paths in red.

After capturing Father Miguel Hidalgo, Texas Royalist Gov. Manuel Salcedo returned to San Antonio in a less-than-magnanimous frame of mind. San Antonio, after all, was the town that had deposed him and the town to which Hidalgo had been fleeing. Salcedo took it upon himself to impress upon San Antonians the true cost of disloyalty to the Crown – and to him. 

The battlefield search team, meanwhile, employs some modern technology (LIDAR) and grunt work of a dedicated University of Texas at San Antonio researcher (Bruce Moses) to map out the roads into San Antonio in 1813 and, with that, the location of Gen. Joaquín de Arredondo’s camp and line of march on the morning of the battle.

Related Links:

My appearance on GreatDaySA launching the “crowdsourcing” efforts

Bruce Moses’s road theories as posted on the Alamo Studies Forum

Evolution of the Lower Presidio Road by Joseph Béxar

Joseph Bexar The Roads to History by Joseph Béxar

Cathy Brown’s Chocolate Tamales!


2 thoughts on “Finding Medina: The Governor Returns

  1. Your digital or electronic maps are great. This new perspective reveals more data and information to research. If only there could be a way to date the trails. I have been following your narratives and find more information that I was not aware of. Keep up the good work.

  2. It’s the greatest unsolved mystery in Texas history. I hope we find the battle site in my lifetime so we can honor our ancestors struggle for independence. Thank you Brandon. Once again great job! Oh and I love all the maps and LIDAR imagery.

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