special recognition for her lifetime efforts to keep the Mexican culture
alive, especially among the youth of San Antonio, the distinguished
title of Hidalgo was conferred on
Maria Rodriguez de Rothenbach.
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inscription inside reads:
County Historical Commission
A Noble man or woman
A person of Noble descent
ONE WHO IS ENNOBLED
The title or style of Hidalgo was conferred
by decree of the Spanish King on the settlers from
the Canary Islands who responded to the Crown's
appeal for people to come to the Province of the
New Philippines (Texas), in 1718.
Today, by the order of the Commissioners of the
County of Bexar, it is conferred on those deemed
worthy of so historic and exalted a title.
"In the name of, and by the authority of the
County of Bexar, I confer on you the noble title of
the name and by the authority of
The Commissioners Court of Bexar County
all whom these presents shall come
Greetings: Know ye that
Maria Rodriguez de Rothenbach
hereby appointed HIDALGO de San Antonio de Bejar under the laws
of the County of Bexar with all rights, privileges and emoluments
appertaining to said office.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto signed my name and caused
the seal of the County to be affixed at the city of San Antonio,
State of Texas. This the 27th Day of August AD 2004.
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