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Today in Texas History – February 4

From the Annals of the Anagrams – In 1829, the Mexican government officially changed the name of La Bahía to Villa de Goliad. Coahuila y Texas state legislator Rafael Antonio Manchola had proposed the name change because neither the settlement around the mission and presidio of the same name was not located on “the bay.”   He suggested the name of  “Goliad” which was a partial anagram to honor Father Hidalgo, one of the leaders of the fight for Mexican independence.

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