Francisca Alvarez was a young orphan Mexican girl who grew up to become a distinguished humanitarian during the struggle for Texas Independence in 1836. She gave aid to both the Texan and Mexican soldiers during the war, exhibiting extraordinary courage. With her persistence and mighty defiance, she stood up for humanity when soldiers faced death at the infamous “Goliad Massacre” in Presidio La Bahia near Goliad, Texas. She saved many young soldiers, cared for those who were dying, and was ultimately recognized by survivors as a Texas heroine. In her honor, she was bestowed with the name “The Angel of Goliad”.