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Presidio \Pre*si"di*o\, n. [Sp.] A place of defense; a fortress; a garrison; a fortress; a garrison or guardhouse.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1808, American English, from Spanish presidio "fort, settlement," from Latin praesidium "defense, protection," from praesidere "to sit before, protect" (see preside).


n. A garrisoned place, especially one that is or was, at one time, under Spanish control.


n. a fortress established in the southwestern United States by the Spanish in order to protect their missions and other holdings; "Tucson was first settled as a walled presidio"

Presidio, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
Population (2000): 4167
Housing Units (2000): 1541
Land area (2000): 2.572024 sq. miles (6.661512 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.572024 sq. miles (6.661512 sq. km)
FIPS code: 59396
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 29.561272 N, 104.366522 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 79845
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Presidio, TX
Presidio -- U.S. County in Texas
Population (2000): 7304
Housing Units (2000): 3299
Land area (2000): 3855.505174 sq. miles (9985.712134 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.749851 sq. miles (1.942105 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3856.255025 sq. miles (9987.654239 sq. km)
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 29.986907 N, 104.235904 W
Presidio, TX
Presidio County
Presidio County, TX

A presidio (from the Spanish, presidir, meaning "to preside" or "to oversee") is a fortified base established by the Spanish in areas under their control or influence. The term is derived from the Latin word praesidium meaning protection or defense.

The fortresses were built to protect against pirates, hostile Native Americans, and colonists from enemy nations. Later in western North America, with independence, the Mexicans garrisoned the Spanish presidios on the northern frontier and followed the same pattern in unsettled frontier regions like the Presidio de Sonoma, at Sonoma, California and the Presidio de Calabasas, in Arizona.

In western North America, a rancho del rey or kings ranch would be established a short distance outside a presidio. This was a tract of land assigned to the presidio to furnish pasturage to the horses and other beasts of burden of the garrison. Mexico called this facility "rancho nacional".

Presidio (disambiguation)

A presidio is a fortified base established by the Spanish and Mexicans in North America between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Presidio may also refer to:

  • The Presidio (film), a film starring Sean Connery
  • Presidio, Texas, a place in the State of Texas in the United States of America
  • Presidio School of Management, an educational institution
  • Presidio of San Francisco, National Park and former Army base in San Francisco, United States
  • AMD Presidio, a computing platform developed by Advanced Micro Devices

Usage examples of "presidio".

Don Miguel Briones, Comandante of the Presidio of Todos Santos, at present hidden in the fog, and the very reverend and pious Padre Esteban, of the Mission of Todos Santos, likewise invisible.

Mission and Presidio of Todos Santos, and that the last exception took place thirty-five years ago, when a ship entered the harbor, you will understand why these distinguished gentlemen have been willing to waive the formality of your waiting upon them first, and have taken the initiative.

But he hopes to meet them at the Presidio, and they will avail themselves of his aid and counsel there and everywhere.

Presently they began to follow her, with a compressed murmur of admiration, until, before she was halfway across the plaza, the sentries beside the gateway of the Presidio were astonished at the vision of a fair-haired and triumphant Pallas, who appeared to be leading the entire population of Todos Santos to victorious attack.

Treasury of the Quinquinambo Confederate States to Don Miguel Briones, in payment of certain stores and provisions, and of a piece of ordnance known as the saluting cannon of the Presidio of Todos Santos.

He entered the low gateway of the Presidio unchallenged, and even traversed the courtyard without meeting a soul.

As soon as he quitted the Presidio, he hastened to the Mission with a disquieting fear that his strange guest might have vanished.

Emergency Council, held at the Presidio of Todos Santos, that the foreign barque Excelsior had mutinied, discharged her captain and passengers, and escaped from the waters of the bay, it was, on examination, found and decreed that the said barque was a vessel primarily owned by a foreign Power, then and there confessed and admitted to be at war with Mexico and equipped to invade one of her northern provinces.

A few rapid strides across it gained him the shadow of the sea-wall of the Presidio, unchecked and unhindered.

The Comandante had still retained as part of the old patriarchal government of the Mission the Presidio school, for the primary instruction of the children of the soldiers,--dependants of the garrison.

Council in your gracious task at the Presidio school that is far beyond any fancied political service.

Markham left the Presidio, the tide was low, and their way lay along the beach past the Mission walls.

Commander for making the Presidio so attractive to you, dear Miss Keene, that you cannot really find time to see your own countrymen.

I then send the Excelsior, that does know the channel, to Todos Santos, to appear before the Presidio, take the enemy in flank, and cooperate with us.

Excelsior is expected off the Presidio to-morrow morning to aid the insurgents.