Map of El Camino Real

Designated as a National Historic Trail in 2004, El Camino Real de los Tejas (Highway 6 in Louisiana and Highway 21 in Texas) has existed for more than 300 years.

El Camino Real has its easternmost beginning in Natchitoches, Louisiana and runs from Piney Woods through rolling hills to the arid lands of Old Mexico.

The Spaniards and the French that marked the trail were followed by such men as Moses Austin and his son Stephen Fuller Austin (The Father of Texas), Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and early missionaries of multiple faiths.

An abundance of historic cities await the modern day traveler on the Texas stretch of El Camino Real, including San Antonio, Bastrop, Crockett, Alto, Nacogdoches, and San Augustine.

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 The Fransiscan Missionaries who occupied the missions attempted to minister to the various tribes of the Caddo
Nation, ultimately failing to convert this settled and complex culture.

 

 In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years War between
France and Spain, normalizing relations and ending the need for a Spanish presence in East Texas.

 The Missions in East Texas were ordered dismantled by Governor Ripperda in 1773.