Antonio Margil de Jesus was born in Valencia, Spain, on August 18, 1657. As a young boy, Margil expressed his desire to become a Franciscan. On April 22, 1673, he received the order's habit at La Corona de Cristo in Valencia. Then at the age of…

In 1729 Antonio Gil Y’Barbo was born in Los Adaes, Louisiana, to Mathieu Antonio and Juana (Hernández) Ibarvo. The Spanish Government had sent his parents from Andalusia, Spain, to the then province of Texas, in 1725, where eventually the spelling…