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VALDEZ, JUAN (?–?). Juan Valdez was lieutenant general and alcalde of the presidio and villa of Bexar in 1720 when Father Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares presented a petition asking that no mission be granted the Zacatecan missionaries led by Father Antonio Margil de Jesús. Valdez answered that he had orders to establish such a mission and accordingly selected a site for San José y San Miguel de Aguayo Mission.


Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1936–58; rpt., New York: Arno, 1976). Marion A. Habig, "Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 71 (April 1968).

Frank Goodwyn


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Frank Goodwyn, "VALDEZ, JUAN," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 10, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.