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Bexareño is the Spanish term for a resident of San Antonio. From the time the Canary Islanders first arrived until the time of the Texas Revolution many Bexareño families came to settle the area. Many settled in La Villa de San Fernando, but they also settled around the missions, haciendas and many rancho’s along the San Antonio River and surrounding areas.
The Presidio settlers along with the Canary Islanders formed the base population of San Antonio de Béxar which struggled to grow over the next 100 years. However, Béxar would not be denied and in 1762 the population had grown to approximately 661 and by the 1790 Census there were 1033 people listed as living in San Fernando de Béxar, this did not include the inhabitants form the surrounding missions. By 1820 there was a population of almost 1600 Bexareños.
The Rose Window, is located on the south wall of the church sacristy, at the Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo. Legend has it that La Ventana de Rosa is named for Rosa, the betrothed of Juan Huizar.
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