Life on the Frontier
The Presidio
The Governor's House
A Military Outpost
Farming and Ranching
Religious Life
Domestic Life
Games and Entertainment
The King's Highway
Trade with the French
Trade with the Caddo
Los Adaes was almost 1200 miles from Mexico City, and more than 400 miles from San Antonio, the nearest Spanish town. People grew some food at Los Adaes, but they depended on outside supplies for survival. Food, clothing, and other items came to Los Adaes from many sources. Annual convoys arrived from towns like Saltillo, hundreds of miles to the south. Spanish soldiers also carried on illegal trade with the French at Natchitoches and with the local Indians.
The Los Adaes site is shown on a 1767 map by the cartographer Joseph Urrutia