The regulations further provided that the captain of the presidio would also serve as governor of the province. In December Pedro Huizar was commissioned to draw plans for the reconstruction of the presidio and improvement of its defenses, but the plans were not acted upon. In Manuel Antonio Cordero, making use of the discretionary powers granted him as governor, began the construction of a stockade along the northern and northeastern limits of the city and planned to build permanent quarters for the troops, a stockade around the presidio, and a small fort.
His plans were not completed, however, for in the soldiers were stationed on the east side of the river near the Alamo, which had ceased to function as a mission and had become the chief building for the military. A lookout fort was located across the river 1-miles from town. Led by a retired militia officer, Juan Bautista de las Casas, the garrison rebelled against its Royalist officers in January Ousted for the first time from the city as a result of Gen.
The presidio formally ceased to exist with the garrison's acknowledgement of Texas independence and surrender on June 4, Carlos E. The same year, he traveled to Spain to convince the authorities of the importance of maintaining the territory and establishing new missions on the bank of the San Antonio River.
The authorities said "yes. InFray Antonio de Olivares wrote to the Viceroy of New Spaintelling of their hopes and plans for the future mission, and urged him to send families of settlers to found a town.
He also built the first irrigation ditch in Texas Acequia Madre de Valero six miles long, to irrigate hectares of land and ihdians supply water to the new facilities. The presidio consisted of an adobe building, thatched with grass, with soldiers and their families quartered in brush huts.
Despite occasional Indian attacks, the defenses of the presidio walls were never completed or were deemed necessary, as the mission was partially completed and later converted into the main unit of walled defense. In June25 families came to Cubaand 10 families were sent to Veracruz.
Inthere were 45 soldiers in the fort and 4 families living nearby; nine soldiers were spread between the missions and the total civilian population was people. Soldiers' quarters and the Spanish Governor's Idians were completed in to house the military garrison's commanding officer.