Shield representing the Kingdom of Spain

Kingdom of Spain

The Spanish seal, representing the first of six nations governing Texas, appears in three places on the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s headquarters. The front exterior seal is glass mosaic; the rear exterior seal is terra-cotta. It also repeats on the three bronze entry doors. The seal features symbols of castles and lions representing the union of two Spanish kingdoms, Leon and Castile. Spanish explorers arrived in what is now called Texas in 1519.  (Seal history courtesy of the Texas State Capitol)

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