Wednesday, February 1, 2023

San Antonio Spurs, the Canary Islands ‘touch’ to basketball in Texas

On a day like this, December 15, an important thing is remembered in Texas: that the city of San Antonio gets its name from where San Antonio Spurs NBA’s San Antonio Spurs in Spanish. On this day in 1837, San Antonio was officially named and founded by Canarian immigrants, Throughout the 2022 season, Spurs have celebrated the 50th anniversary of the club. Texas celebrated 300 years of Canarian presence in 2018.

Nothing is known about the move that the Cabildo de Gran Canaria made to bring the San Antonio Spurs to the islands. Insular Institute of Sports in 2014 Gran Canaria asked the NBA for the most Canarian team in the United States to play in the Gran Canaria Arena. At some future date, undoubtedly after MundoBasket that year. The island’s councilor, then-Lucas Bravo de Laguna, made the revelation when Tinta Amarilla asked about the options for United States professionals at the Canary Islands’ new sports temple.

The minutes indicate that the Congress of the Republic of Texas approved a charter incorporating the city, replacing the original charter granted to the Canaries by the King of Spain. In this almanac it is also recognized that San Antonio It originated from the Canarian community who lived right alongside the indigenous peoples of that land such as the Yanaguana, named after the San Antonio River, the life-giving river in the area. This conclusion is drawn from the book that is used in all educational centers and for the process of anyone seeking permanent residency or access to public employment. In other words, the presence of the Canary Islands in Texas is something that cannot be forgotten even in basketball in San Antonio, as the team hails from Dallas.

In 1719 The Marquis of San Miguel de Aguayo proposed to the King of Spain that 400 families be taken from the Canary Islands to populate Texas. C.At that time, he strategically believed that “a family was worth more than a hundred soldiers to occupy a territory”., In the end, only fifteen Canarian families answered the call, the vast majority from Lanzarote but also from Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera. In the case of Lanzarote, They were forced to leave their lands due to the Timanfaya eruption.Which lasted for six years.

But he was not only in San Antonio or Florida. Between 1778 and 1783 approximately 2,500 Canarians traveled to Spanish Louisiana to defend the newly acquired territory from British troops.

Entire families traveled to a damp land, filled with swamps and at the mercy of frequent floods. There were four cannery colonies around the city. new Orleans: Galveztown, Barataria, Valenzuela and La Concepcion, later renamed Parroquia de San Bernardo. Of the four, only the last survives.

Although Louisiana ceased to be a Spanish colony in 1803, the Spanish of the Canary Islands continues today, albeit in an increasingly rare form and in danger of extinction. In these more than two centuries, Louisiana Canarian descendants survive flood, war, hurricane Like Betsy (1965) or Brutal Katrina (2005), thus demonstrated its ability to overcome. before reaching Louisiana, 16 Canyon families arrived in San Antonio, Texas, March 9, 1731, a year after traveling from Mexico. His descendants keep trying to make the history of their ancestors visible.

St. Anthony, Circa 1870.

St. Anthony, circa 1870.

Ernest Raba Collection at the San Antonio Conservation Society

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