CRNHA to host Mission’s 300th anniversary celebration

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Religious artifacts found through excavations at Los Adaes State Historic Site. Photo Credit: Don Sepulvado, Source: Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

In collaboration with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria, Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. will host a commemorative ceremony honoring the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Mission San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes. The ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 at Los Adaes State Historic Site.

The Mission San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes was founded by a Spanish expedition of 1716-1717 to establish missions and forts (presidios) in New Spain. When the expedition encountered the Adaes Indians, Father Margil, a Zacatecan Franciscan, built the first Los Adaes mission. The Mission San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes was named for St. Michael, the archangel, and the Duke of Linares, the Viceroy of New Spain. During the “Chicken War” of 1719, French soldiers from Natchitoches attacked the first Los Adaes mission, forcing its total abandonment and the retreat by displaced missionaries, soldiers, and civilians to San Antonio.

Two years later, Spain built a new mission in another location less than two miles east of the earlier one. A presidio was also built, and it served as the capital of the Province of Texas from 1729 to 1770. The presidio was called Nuestra Señora del Pilar de los Adaes. Today, the name Los Adaes refers to both the mission and the presidio. The Diocese of Alexandria will lead the ceremony, with Father Chad Partain officiating.

Mission San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes 300th Anniversary Ceremony Schedule:

9 a.m. – Welcome and overview of the Mission San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes

10 a.m. – Procession to and Blessing of Mission Hill. Visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for the procession to mission hill.

Los Adaes is located off Hwy 6 near Robeline at 6354 Highway 485. For more information, contact Cane River National Heritage Area at (318) 356-5555.