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San Antonio is the second most populous city in the state of Texas. It is the seventh most populous city in the United States. Its nicknames are Alamo City, Mission City, River City, Stone City, San Antone, Military City USA, Say Town, and Two One Oh.
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Key Facts & Information
- Size: 465.4 square miles
- Population: Approximately 1.5 million
- San Antonio is located in South Texas, 75 miles to the southwest of the state capital of Texas which is the city of Austin.
- The city is divided into five neighborhoods: Downtown, North Central, Northwest, South Side, and East Side.
- San Antonio city was founded on woodland which is on the Balcones Escarpment.
- The city is 650 feet above sea level.
- San Antonio has what is called a humid subtropical climate.
- Summers are long and very hot and humid. Spring and fall are warm and damp. Winters are known to have cool nights. Snow is rare in San Antonio.
- San Antonio is Texas’ oldest municipality.
- San Antonio was named after Saint Anthony of Padua during a 1691 Spanish journey of Catholic explorers and missionaries.
- They stumbled upon the land on June 13, which is now the feast day of Saint Anthony.
- In 1709, Father Antonio de Olivares went to San Antonio and decided to do a mission and invite foreigners to live in the area. He was given official permission to do so in 1716. Because of delays, the formation of the area only started in 1718.
- May 1, 1718 is the city’s founding date.
- Olivares constructed together with the Payaya Indians. The Payaya Indians were the first ones to live there.
- Their village is called Yanaguana.
- In 1719, it was suggested that Spanish families transfer to San Antonio.
- By June 1730, they began transporting. As they were transporting, orders from Spain arrived to stop.
- On March 9, 1731, a group of families led by Juan Leal Goraz arrived in the San Antonio area.
- In 1845, the United States chose to claim Texas and made it a state in the Union. Despite many different armies wanting to invade the area, the US still won the war in the end.
- San Antonio grew so quickly that it became the fastest growing of the top ten biggest cities in the United States from 2000 to 2010.
- San Antonio is a major metropolitan area that is twice the size of Chicago in size.
- San Antonio is the most explored city in Texas and the seventeenth most explored city in the United States.
- It is a major city in south central Texas with a rich territorial history.
- The Alamo is the most famous tourist spot that claims a huge part of the city’s history. It is a public reminder of the Texan independence from Mexico in 1836.
- San Antonio is home to the oldest park in Texas: San Pedro Park. During the Civil War, it was used as a place for prisoners. In 1852, it became a public park.
- San Antonio is home to the third largest zoo in the United States, the San Antonio Zoo.
- The oldest church in Texas can be seen in San Antonio which is the San Fernando Cathedral. San Fernando Cathedral was built on 1738.
- An observation tower and restaurant named the Tower of the Americas is located in Downtown, San Antonio. It is 750 feet tall and can be seen all over the area.
- San Antonio’s El Mercado’s shopping district is the biggest Mexican market in the United States.
- San Antonio hosts a ten-day festival every April called “Fiesta de San Antonio”, which started in 1891. The festival is a commemoration of the Battle of Alamo. It features parades, live music, and lots of partying.
- San Antonio is home to the first modern art museum in the Southwest, the McNay Art Museum, which originated in 1954.
- In 1952, there was a famous fried chicken fast food place named Church’s Fried Chicken-to-go, which was first launched in San Antonio.
- In 1928, the 21-story Milam building in San Antonio was the first air conditioned building in the United States. Not only that, San Antonio also had the first air conditioned bank, hotel, and Catholic church.
- Tamale making is a staple in San Antonio – they even won a world record for it.
- Before the San Antonio Museum of Art became an art museum showcasing 30,000+ objects comprising 5,000 years, it was actually a brewery.
- San Antonio organizes “river parades” where decorated floats pass through San Antonio River as hundreds of thousands of people watch along the pathways of River Walk.
- San Antonio owns one of the top-ranking theaters in the world called Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
- After being nicknamed “Military City USA” for so long, San Antonio has obtained that official title.
- San Antonio is home to the first historic district in Texas called the King William Historic District.
- The Bexar County BiblioTech in San Antonio is the country’s first and only all-digital library.
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is home to four out of the five Spanish missions which is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Texas. The fifth Spanish mission is The Alamo.
- Robert Cade, the creator of Gatorade, was born in San Antonio.
- Shaquille O’Neal, a 15-time NBA All Star, hails from San Antonio.
San Antonio Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about San Antonio across 25 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use San Antonio worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the San Antonio which is the second most populous city in the state of Texas. It is the seventh most populous city in the United States. Its nicknames are Alamo City, Mission City, River City, Stone City, San Antone, Military City USA, Say Town, and Two One Oh.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- San Antonio
- Introducing San Antonio
- Truth or Trash
- Color The Name
- San Antonio Crossword
- Incomplete History
- Which is Which
- The Alamo
- Outstanding Tower
- Born in Say Town
- San Antonio Schedule
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