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Friars Burned Mission and Left East Texas to the Indians

On October 24, 1693, the frustrated Franciscan friars packed up their bell and sacraments, set fire to the first mission in Spanish Texas and headed back to Mexico.

Mission San Francisco de los Tejas was built in 1690 a little west of the Neches River in modern Houston County.  At first, Indians in the area tolerated the presence of the missionaries but the sicknesses the Europeans brought with them soon turned the tribes hostile.  With no converts to show for three years in the wilderness, the church abandoned Texas for the next 20 years.