Mission Nuestra Señora del Rosario facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMission Nuestra Señora del Rosario
The ruins of Mission Nuestra Señora del Rosario
|Location||Goliad County, Texas
|Architectural style||Spanish Colonial|
|Site area||5 acres (2.0 ha)|
|Materials||stone and mortar|
|U.S. National Register of Historic Places|
|Added to NRHP||September 22, 1972|
|NRHP Reference no.||72001363|
Mission Nuestra Señora del Rosario was established in November 1754 by Spanish Franciscan missionary Father Juan de Dios Camberos to bring Christianity to the indigenous Karankawa people. At its peak, the mission owned a herd of 5,000 cattle, but mismanagement, lack of administrative support and resistance from the Karankawa led to the gradual decline of the mission.
At the mission, the Karankawa were expected to adhere to a schedule of religious instruction, technical education and manual labor, however, few Karankawa would abandon their religion and culture and left the mission.
The architectural details of Mission Rosario are lost, but archaeologists believe the building consisted of a chapel, sacristy, bell tower and residence. Soldiers from nearby Presidio La Bahía most likely guarded the mission to protect it from threats.