Nacogdoches is a small city in east Texas. It is the oldest city in the state.
It was the site of a Roman Catholic mission to the local Indians run by Spanish Franciscans, 1716-1772. A small Spanish pueblo was set up in the abandoned mission in 1779. The town became the gateway for French, and later American movement into Texas. After several failed revolutions, the town became an important base for the Texas Revolution of 1835-36.
Lacking a railroad or river port, the town faded in importance until Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College (now Stephen F. Austin State University) was established here in 1923.
The city, with a population of 30,000, is now a major center for the production of chickens and college graduates.