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23 December 2003:  Mission San Antonio de Valera (The Alamo) was established in 1718
and was the first mission along the San Antonio River.  It was named after Marques de Valera,
the Spanish viceroy.

The mission changed locations several times.  The foundation at its current location was laid in 1744.

The mission was secularized in 1793 and the mission convento (priests' residence) became a hospital in 1806.

Between 1810 and 1865 the former mission changed hands at least sixteen times, belonging variously to
Spanish, Mexican, Texas, Union, and Confederate military forces.