In this post, Alonso de Leon School Project, I will talk about helping my son make a display poster about Alonso de Leon, his 12th great-grandfather.
My youngest son, Marcus, a 5th grader came home last week with a blank poster. His assignment was "Make a display about a famous Historical Person" and he asked if I could help him. I said to my self "sure why not".
I then asked my 7th grader, Matthew, do you know who Alonso de Leon is? He said "yes the teacher was talking about him last week".
I then thought, "ok that's famous enough".
Marcus was not very exited about making a display poster about Alonso de Leon since he had no idea who he was. I then explained to him that he was the Spanish Explorer that did the first explorations into Texas and due to his work Texas was colonized by the Spanish.
His eyes open up when I told him that he was his 12th great-grandfather. Chances are that if you are reading this he is also your ancestor.
He got very exited and even more when he did a google search about him. He read everything he could find and even searched YouTube for videos.
We came across maps of his explorations, photos of what remains of his home, and the canons that his soldiers buried in Fort St. Louis.
I told him to do a summary about Alonso de Leon and of what he did. The only real work that I did was printing out the images and putting together a timeline of his life.
Oh, and a report on how he is related to Alonso de Leon. The rest was his own work.
Here is the end result:
In case you ever want to do something similar with your grandkids or children, I hope that the above image inspires you.
Chronology of the Life of Alonso de Leon
Age Date Event
0 1639 Born in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon to Alonso de Leon and Josefa Gonzalez
16 1655 Went to Cadiz, Spain. Became a sailor to fight the French
26 1665 Fought on Military Campaign to Pilon Chico
29 1668 Fought on Military Campaign against the Catajuno Indians
31 Abt. 1670 Married Agustina Cantu
43 1682 Was Major Sargent on Military Campaign to Huasteca
43 1682 Represented Monterrey in Mexico City with the Vicerroy
43 1682 He was assigned as interim Governor of Nuevo Leon
47 1686 First entry into Texas in search of the French Settlers, explored the Rio Grande Nowadays Reynosa and Matamoros
48 1687 Did a second entry into Texas
48 1687 He was made Governor of Coahuila
48 1687 Founded the city of Santiago de Valladares
50 1689 Founded the city of Monclova, Coahuila
50 1689 Did a third entry found Fort St. Louis on Garcitas Creek and captured Jean Jerry
50 1689 On Fourth entry explored Texas and stablished Missions and Presidios
52 1691 Died at Hacinda del Carrizal on his way home to Cadereyta
Alonso de Leon had four sons and four daughters: Juan, Juana, Alonso, Santiago, Maria Ines, Mateo, Andrea and Maria.
Note: Feel free to use the chronology in your own school project.
Sources: For the above chronology
1. Garza Israel Cavazos, Diccionario Biografico de Nuevo Leon (Monterrey; Grafo Print Editores, S. A., 1996).
2. Herbert Eugene Bolton, ed., Spanish Exploration in the Southwest, 1542–1706 (New York: Scribner, 1908; rpt., New York: Barnes and Noble, 1959).
3. Robert S. Weddle, The French Thorn: Rival Explorers in the Spanish Sea, 1682–1762 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1991).
4. Robert S. Weddle, Wilderness Manhunt: The Spanish Search for La Salle (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1973).
Book That May be of Interest
De Leon: Last Names of Nuevo Leon - This 399-page book contains ten generations of descendants of Alonso de Leon and his wife Juana Josefa Gonzalez (Parents of Alonso de Leon).
Moises, where are the ruins of his home located? Thank you.
My name is Irma Masquifelt Reid and served as the first principal at Alonzo de León Middle School. At the dedication of the school Dr Barrera was the keynote speaker and shared that this was a school where many students were descendants of the namesake. Thank you for focusing on that. Saludos, primos. I live in Dallas but still have a home in McAllen and visit three or four times a year. Hope to meet you some day.
Great story about your son. Love it!