Mission Espiritu Santo
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Testament to History
The Mission Espíritu Santo State Historic Site, a reconstruction of the mid-eighteenth century Franciscan church Nuestra Señora de Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga, draws a broad picture of colonial missionary life and, along with the nearby Presidio La Bahia, illustrates the close relationship between the Spanish Crown and the Catholic Church. The mission was founded in 1722 on the Bay of the Holy Spirit (today called Matagorda Bay) and relocated in 1749 at its present site near Goliad. The mission complex—including its church, cloister, granary, and workshop—was restored and reconstructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and underwent additional reconstruction in the 1960s.
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