At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. On our final stop of a whirlwind tour of the major cities in Texas, today we visit historic San Antonio.
The second most-populous city in Texas and seventh most-populous city in the United States, San Antonio’s history of European settlement goes back three centuries. Named by Spanish missionaries for St. Anthony of Padua (they came upon the city’s future site on his feast day, June 13, in 1691), San Antonio was the site of a series of Spanish Catholic missions founded from the first quarter of the 18th Century and grew to be the largest Spanish settlement in Texas.
All of the surviving missions in San Antonio are now National Historic Parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but the most famous of them (although not part of the park) is an important national symbol for many Americans. After its religious mission purpose was abandoned, the Alamo became a military storehouse and fortification. It was in this capacity that it entered national legend in 1836, when all of the fort’s Texas Revolution defenders (including now-mythic frontier figures such as James Bowie and Davy Crockett) were killed by a Mexican army under General Santa Anna. A prelude to the eventual defeat of the Mexican forces later that year and the independence of Texas, the Alamo has become a symbol of Texas pride and identity and a patriotic site for many Americans. The Alamo mission is now a museum and San Antonio’s most popular tourist destination.
There is much more to San Antonio beyond the must-visit Alamo, of course. The unique River Walk district along the San Antonio River is a peaceful and popular location in the city’s downtown, lined with restaurants, shops and cultural attractions, many with a strong Latin American feel. The 750-foot Tower of the Americas in HemisFair Park is one of the tallest observation towers in the United States. Other major attractions in the city’s environs include SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and the San Antonio Botanical Garden. San Antonio’s sole major-league sports franchise, the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, are a major draw to locals and visiting sports fans, having won five NBA titles since 1999.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in San Antonio, Texas.