José Antonio Navarro and Erasmo and Juan Seguín

Portrait of José Antonio Navarro

José Antonio Navarro
A descendant of Corsican merchants and Spanish nobility, Navarro’s practical knowledge and visionary mind provided him – and the Tejano community – with a foundation for greatness. Navarro began practicing law in San Antonio, and by 1836, his terms in the Mexican state and federal legislatures prepared him to serve on committees that authored the first Texas constitution.  One of only two native born Texans to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, the Navarro signature lives on in San Antonio’s vibrant Tejano culture and in one of the city’s last Tejano adobe structures, Casa Navarro State Historic Site.  

Portrait of Juan Seguin

Erasmo and Juan Seguín
Béxar native Erasmo Seguín and his son, Juan, were among the most influential Tejanos of the Revolutionary period. Erasmo supported Anglo immigration and counseled Empresario Stephen F. Austin. During the 1835 Siege of Béxar, both sided with their American neighbors against Santa Anna’s authoritarian regime, contributing more than $4,000-worth of supplies to the rebel army. Juan was an Alamo courier. Later he commanded a Tejano company and fought at San Jacinto. During the 1836 Mexican occupation of Béxar, the 54-year-old Erasmo and his wife retired to East Texas. When they returned they found their home ransacked and their cattle scattered.