presidio

noun
pre·​si·​dio | \pri-ˈsē-dē-ˌō, -ˈsi-, -ˈzē-, -ˈzi- \
plural presidios

Definition of presidio 

: a garrisoned place especially : a military post or fortified settlement in areas currently or originally under Spanish control

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The royal couple were visiting San Antonio as part of the city’s celebrations related to the 300th anniversary of Spain’s founding of a colonial mission and presidio where the city is now. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "While offshore wind gets developed, Texas will likely stay onshore," 22 June 2018 There, in the building constructed out of restored remnants of a presidio that once protected a nearby mission, the couple was presented with a tricentennial plaque. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The King and Queen of Spain’s Whirlwind U.S. Tour Included These Southern Cities," 18 June 2018 The founding of the original site of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, on May 1, 1718, was followed four days later by the founding of the presidio in the name of King Philip V, or Felipe V, founder of the Bourbon dynasty in Spain. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Spanish royals’ itinerary in San Antonio: history, art and, of course, food," 15 June 2018 But the viceroy was the one who decided in the decree that the Canary Islanders and the soldiers of the presidio would take their water from San Pedro Creek. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "“Day of Reflection” marks San Antonio’s Tricentennial," 1 May 2018 The original Mission San Antonio de Valero was founded on May 1, 1718, and establishment of a local presidio and villa followed four days later. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "What a federal shutdown could mean for San Antonio’s missions," 17 Jan. 2018 After all, the presidio marks the birthplace in 1769 of the first mission in what is now California. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Could skull in San Diego museum be related to White River monster in Arkansas?," 10 Jan. 2018 An effort to rejuvenate the Junipero Serra Museum atop the presidio, which had many more visitors before the history center collection and operations moved to more spacious location in Balboa Park, has been slowly taking shape. Diane Bell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Could skull in San Diego museum be related to White River monster in Arkansas?," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of presidio

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for presidio

Spanish, from Latin praesidium

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