82 episodes

Explore the history of early Texas as you’ve never heard it before, using new research and recently uncovered documents. Season 1 traces the identity of modern-day Texas to the first 160 years or so of San Antonio's history. Season 2 covers the Battle of Medina, the largest, bloodiest battle in Texas history...and the narrowing search for the battlefield itself, which has eluded searchers for more than a century now! Season 3 tells the remarkable story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his journey across the North American continent. And Season 4 relates the largely unknown story of the Republic of the Rio Grande. -- As seen on the San Antonio Report, KSAT12, GreatDaySA, the Austin Chronicle, and the San Antonio Business Journal! --

A New History of Old Texas Brandon Seale

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 555 Ratings

Explore the history of early Texas as you’ve never heard it before, using new research and recently uncovered documents. Season 1 traces the identity of modern-day Texas to the first 160 years or so of San Antonio's history. Season 2 covers the Battle of Medina, the largest, bloodiest battle in Texas history...and the narrowing search for the battlefield itself, which has eluded searchers for more than a century now! Season 3 tells the remarkable story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his journey across the North American continent. And Season 4 relates the largely unknown story of the Republic of the Rio Grande. -- As seen on the San Antonio Report, KSAT12, GreatDaySA, the Austin Chronicle, and the San Antonio Business Journal! --

    Las Villas del Norte

    Las Villas del Norte

    In the 1750's, Carrizo Indians living in the lower Rio Grande Valley greeted two new groups of settlers: the Lipan Apaches and the Spanish. For the next two generations, the freedoms - and terrors - of the region continued to attract a hardy array of new settlers, including a surprisingly large percentage of "mulatos," Afro-Mexicans who found refuge on the distant Rio Grande frontier.

    Photo: The red sandstone church in Old Revilla, Public Domain.

    • 24 min
    Young Zapata

    Young Zapata

    Young Antonio Zapata is born in Revilla, Nuevo Santander, the son of a domestic servant and a cow hand. The same town from which our old friend, José Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara (go listen to Season 2) was just getting his start as a revolutionary.

    Photo: Plains Warrior in Blue, Friedrich Richard Petri, artist, circa 1850 Texas Memorial Museum, Austin, accession #2197. Courtesy Republic of the Rio Grande Museum, Laredo, TX.

    • 22 min
    Mexican Independence

    Mexican Independence

    As Antonio Zapata grows into manhood, his unique talents become clear to all around him. Mexico wins its independence...but very little changes for the residents of the Rio Grande.

    Photo: Ejército_Trigarante, Wikipedia.

    • 20 min
    The Constitution of 1824

    The Constitution of 1824

    Antonio Zapata emerges as one of the most promising young leaders of newly independent Revilla – soon–to–be renamed Guerrero – just as Mexico elects its first president under the famed Constitution of 1824. By the second election in 1828, however, Mexico is in turmoil.

    • 32 min
    The Federalist Revolts

    The Federalist Revolts

    After the failed "Texas campaign" of 1836, the Mexican centralist army falls back onto the Rio Grande villas. Through a series of requisitions, taxes and just outright theft, they manage to impoverish the region and bankrupt Antonio Zapata. Yet, Zapata doesn't join the first Rio Grande revolt against centralist rule in 1838, led by Antonio Canales. Not yet anyway.

    • 28 min
    Order and Disorder on the New Border

    Order and Disorder on the New Border

    Antonio Zapata comes over to the side of the Federalist insurgents... and turns their war of words into a real threat to Centralist rule over Northeastern Mexico.

    Photo: Illustration of Antonio Zapata by Matt Tumlinson 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
555 Ratings

555 Ratings

pitrid ,

Better and better

The first 2 seasons were so outstanding that I thought season 3 might fall short. It hasn’t. These podcasts get better and better. The Cabeza de Vaca series is great!! I’m caught up. When will there be more?

Refugio Refugee ,

Incredible History of South Texas!

This series is an Epic telling of the history of the Rio Grande Valley and the players involved in the battles between the Centralist and Federalists. The research of Spanish and Mexican Archives and the work that was involved in creating this podcast is amazing. This is Texas and Mexican history assembled from a wealth of resources and told in an exciting and new way that has no comparison!

educationcontent ,

Thankful for this podcast

Informative and awe inspiring!

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