Mission Jewelry Inspired by Missions on the San Antonio
How Mission Jewelry Began
Fransiscan Missionaries
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hen Hernando Cortez in 1519 set out from Cuba to seize the hoarded wealth of the civilized Aztecs, he carried with him to the new continent the Franciscan friars. By 1522 Cortez had seized the Aztec gold and treasure, and henceforth Mexico served as the base for Spanish expeditions that explored and colonized the lands to the north. The Spanish adventurers hoped to find hoards of gold, silver, and other treasure in these lands. The Franciscan padres who accompanied them sought only souls to Christianize and minds to civilize; for to these intrepid people the human soul was the most precious possession in life. The Spaniards found only brown and mostly barren lands and, in most instances, hostile Indians. The Franciscans found what they came seeking.

When the Spanish withdrew never to return; they left little more than their language and the mark of the conquistadores' sword. But the Franciscan friars planted the cross in Texas and their labors have propagated and bear an ever increasing abundance of the fruit of their wonderful heritage. Missions built by the barefoot, brown-robed Little Brothers intent on saving souls, still stand as monuments to their patience, their culture and to their zeal.

James Wakefield Burke
Missions of Old Texas
1971

The sword was always accompanied by the cross, and no roster of those early expeditions was lacking its quota of zealous priests.  No picture of
the conquistador would be complete without a priest at his side.

Francis Fugate
The Spanish Heritage of the Southwest
1952