Canary Islands Descendants Association is a lineage society that was established in 1977. Our members trace their ancestral roots to the original 16 families to settle in San Antonio. These 56 people collectively traveled more than 5,000 miles, including traveling more than 1100 miles on foot over six months to settle in a foreign land. On March 9th, 1731, they arrived at Presidio de Bexar, established the first chartered civilian community in Texas, and, later that year, created the first municipal government in Texas.
What is CIDA?
Historical, cultural, and civic foundation
With a heavy influence on the historical, cultural, and civic foundation of San Antonio, CIDA honors and promotes the profound impact our Canary Islands ancestors have made on the great state of Texas.
CIDA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to promote and educate others on our ancestors’ contributions to San Antonio and Texas. Our members come together with a passionate mission to:
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Become a Member
We encourage all membership applications, as long as
the applicant meets the requirements.
The Canary Islands Descendants Association’s Membership
For more membership information, application procedures, and dues
requirements, please visit our Membership page here.
Whether you want to learn more about our Canary Islands Descendants Association and the history of San Antonio or are a proud member of CIDA, treat yourself to some great merchandise in our CIDA store. Our pins, bumper stickers, and other gifts are a great way to spread awareness for our organization.