For centuries, San Antonio has been a city where multiple cultures have coexisted and thrived. Its heritage is a mélange of Mexican Indians, Spanish settlers, Franciscan monks, cowboys, and German immigrants. During the 20th century, many American military bases set up shop, making the San Antonio area the second largest military complex after Washington, D.C. This cultural richness has fostered a strong sense of community and pride that is manifested in the city’s laid-back attitude, tight-knit neighborhoods, and flourishing art scene. A visit to the Institute of Texan Cultures provides visitors with an in-depth introduction to the city's history and its multicultural roots.