Las Villas del Norte member Amancio Chapa presented, for the Mission Historical Museum, his presentation on his direct ancestor Juan Bautista Chapa.
Amancio's two hour presentation is a must see and hear for anyone whom may have Juan Bautista Chapa as one of their ancestors.
He talked about the historical impact that Juan Bautista made in Texas and in Northern Mexico. He also talked about Juan Bautista's birth place in Abasola Italy and his journey to New Spain and his service under ALonso de Leon.
He also goes into depth about "La Historia" that Juan Bautista Chapa wrote and it's importance to Texas history. "La Historia" is a 50 year history of Nuevo Leon which covers about the 1650's to the 1690's and includes details of the first explorations into Texas and contains great detail on the Native Americans living in this area.
Amancio also touched up on the French's attempts to colonize Texas and how Alonso de Leon along with Chapa tried to find their camp. They were successful but only after the Native American Indians had decimated them.
He also talked about the Poem to the French Woman that is found in "La Historia" and he also read it out loud for the attendees to get a feel for the emotions that Chapa might have had felt himself.
Over all it was an excellent presentation, which I encourage everyone to listen to.
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