In Part 1 of KSAT’s new Tejano Moments series, we focus on an Alamo Tejano hero by the name of Jose Toribio Losoya.
Born here in the heart of San Antonio in 1808, Losoya was destined to fight for a free Texas.
He was actually born in the Alamo de Ventura Losoya and Concepcion De Los Angles Charli and baptized at the Cathedral of San Fernando in the main square.
“When you think about the legends of the Alamo and the merit they should receive and the accolades as heroes, Losoya really stands out,” says Rudi Rodriguez, local historian and founder of texastejano.com.
“He’s the only Texan born here,” he says.
The Casa Charli y Losoya was one of the first land concessions in San Antonio. The residence was a two-room adobe dwelling in the southwest corner of the Alamo with an adjacent garden and along the southern road to the missions. The Losoya family lived in the Barrio del Valero or the Alamo. Social and cultural life on the first frontier from Tejano to Toribio Losoya revolved around the many families in the town and the neighboring cattle valleys. Attending baptisms, weddings and religious festivals was part of Toribio’s social life.
Rodriguez says it’s an important piece of history as it recognizes the role both Tejanos and Tejanas played in Alamo’s story.
“It’s important to the Hispanic community, for sure, and here in San Antonio and the rest of Texas, because it starts to mean very concretely that Tejanos was here. They were there at the start.
Later, at age 17, Toribio would join the army, just like his grandfather and father did before him.
Over the next six years he was trained in horseback riding, Calvary tactics and had become an excellent marksman.
He also learned to engage with the Apaches and the Commanches.
At the beginning of 1830, he joined the “Companias Volantes Del Alamo”, also known as the Compagnie Alamo de Parras, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel José Francisco Ruiz.
He would help establish a fort along the Brazos River valley called “Tenoxtitlan” and then return to Alamo in 1832.
“At the end of the day, they’re going to be here on these grounds, on the ramparts of the sanctuary, in the church to fight this Mexican army,” Rodriguez says.
If you want to visit the new free exhibition Casa Charli y Losoya, it is located right in front of the Alamo next to “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”
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