The coronet Surmounting the quadrants of the shield represents a dukedom of Béxar in Spain, from which the name “Bexar” was derived.
The arms of Don Álvaro de Zúñiga y Guzmán (1410-1488), 1o duque de Béxar in the Province of Salamanca, Spain. This escudo de armas includes the gold chains of Navarre, an honorific common to the coat of arms of Navarre and King Alfonso X—“El Sabio” or The Wise.
Represents both the Aztec/Mexica legend of the foundation of Tenochtitlan where an eagle consumed a snake upon the sacred flowering nopal/prickly-pear cactus, which is now the national emblem of Mexico, and also the U.S. national bird—the American bald eagle.
Mission San Francisco de Espada
Represents the works of the Spanish Franciscan missionaries in founding the five renowned San Antonio Missions.
Represents the battle of González 2 Oct. 1835, the 5 Dec. 1835 Storming of Bexar, and the February-March 1836 siege of the Alamo—all battles for the independence of the Lone Star Republic of Texas.