Floresville, Texas

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Floresville is a city in Wilson County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,868 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Wilson County.[3] The city is also part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Floresville was the birthplace of former Texas Governor, United States Secretary of the Treasury, and Republican presidential contender John Bowden Connally, Jr. (1917–1993), and his seven siblings, including actor Merrill Connally (1921–2001) and Wayne Connally (1923–2000), a former member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature. The Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville is named for John, Merrill, and Wayne Connally.

Floresville was also the birthplace of Vicente T. Ximenes (born 1919), a former member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a civil rights activist.

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Geography

Floresville is located at 29°8′11″N 98°9′28″W / 29.13639°N 98.15778°W / 29.13639; -98.15778 (29.136255, -98.157908).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.3 km²), all of it land.

History

Early settlers of the area were Native American Indians. Soon came the local Spanish missions, that would turn indigenous tribes into good Spanish citizens. Thus, in the mid 18th century Rancho de las Cabras, "the goat ranch," was established near Floresville as a mission ranching operation for Mission Espada. Indian and Spanish vaqueros would live and worship here, while caring for the herds of animals. This would be the precursor of the Texas ranching industry.

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