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San Antonio, Texas
March 9, 1731
Message from the President
Just as recently as 2013, I first became interested in my family genealogy. Of course living in San Antonio for most of my life, I had heard about a people of Spanish origin who came to this region we call Texas. But that was many years after my early education. To the best of my recollection, the Canary Islanders were not mentioned in my 1960’s elementary, junior or high school history classes. As I delved more into my family history, I wanted to suddenly know more about these Canary Islanders. Who were they? Why did they choose to come to Texas and what did they contribute? I soon discovered that my ancestors were, indeed, part of those brave immigrants that traveled here in the early eighteenth century, and I was delighted to find that they contributed greatly to the cultural heritage of San Antonio.
Today, it is not hard to find and read the rich history and many stories of the Spanish Canary Islanders (Islenos) in history books, articles and other publications. Their most notable and significant contribution in 1731 was establishing the first civil government in Texas when it was then known as New Spain. But their individual stories are so interesting! We now know so much about these hardy people and how they lived and survived. We, the descendants, owe them so much. And we need to remember and tell their story so that the contributions they made will never be forgotten.
Our association helps keep that memory alive. We host a number of annual events throughout the year to celebrate the date they first arrived, their patron saint, Our Lady of Candelaria, and other events that were significant in the history of the Canary Islanders. I invite you to join our association. If you know or believe that your ancestors originally settled here in the early eighteenth century, we would welcome the opportunity of guiding you in your search. And, of course, we hope that you would join our group as a Direct Descendant of the Canary Islanders.
Canary Islands Descendants Association