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San Antonio, Texas - An Overview

Jul 31

San Antonio is a major city in south central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks the site of a battle in the fight for Texas independence from Mexico. The miles-long River Walk is a popular pedestrian promenade lined with restaurants and shops. Sweeping views of the city can be had from HemisFair Park’s 750-ft Tower of the Americas. The San Fernando Cathedral is the seat of a Roman Catholic archbishopric, and the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum contains an outstanding collection of modern French paintings. Expert immigration lawyer in San Antonio for green card matters.

Military installations largely account for the city’s rapid growth after 1940. Fort Sam Houston (1879) is inside the city limits and houses a national cemetery and the Academy of Health Sciences, the army’s basic school for medical personnel. Three Air Force bases are nearby: Lackland in southwestern San Antonio, Randolph in suburban northeastern San Antonio and Brooks in the southeastern part of the city.

Other key aspects of the city’s economy are education, health care and medical research, business services, and tourism. Its manufacturing sector includes aerospace equipment, textiles and semiconductors, and the production of shoes and industrial machinery. Agricultural products include cattle, poultry, sorghum and vegetable crops. The city also has significant retail trade and financial services, including a banking center.

The city is home to several colleges and universities, including St. Mary’s University (1852), Trinity University (1969), the University of the Incarnate Word (1881) and Our Lady of the Lake University (1896). It is also a major center for health care and biotechnology. The city’s zoological park, the San Antonio Zoo (1905), is one of the largest in the United States.

The city is served by many public schools, including a large number of private schools. There are also a number of charter schools. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio operates many parochial and other Catholic schools in the city, including Keystone School, Saint Gerard Catholic High School, Central Catholic Marianist High School, Incarnate Word Academy, Antonian College Preparatory High School and San Antonio Academy. The city also has a number of private schools operated by non-Catholic religious groups.


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