Santa Ana, a Mexican general, was unhappy that these colonists were not following the rules. Upon his election as Mexican president, he sent an army to punish those colonists and their rebellion. In February 1836, Santa Ana took men to attack a small mission in San Antonio de Bexar. A thirteen-day siege of the mission followed; it ended brutally for the Texan colonists.
There had been small skirmishes before this attack, and the commanders at the Alamo wrote to outside parties asking for armed reinforcements (see primary source document below). Their requests were largely denied, as only a handful of men came to assistance. On the morning of March 6th, the final day of the siege, Mexican soldiers scaled the walls of the mission and made their way into the interior of the fort to end the battle.
The battle of the Alamo was one in a series of missions in the area that were attacked, but "Remember the Alamo" became the rallying battle cry for a group of people who wanted independence from Mexico. The colonists were bolstered and fought harder; the revolution ended when Sam Houston brought his forces to San Jacinto in April 1836 and defeated Santa Ana's army. Texas won its independence from Mexico, and officially became a US state in 1845.
- We Were There at the Battle of the Alamo
- Mr. Barrington's Mysterious Trunk (book 1) - This is an excellent series for Texas history!
- Primary source document (see bottom of post)
- For high interest / low level readers
Make / Do
Check out all of our We Were There unit studies!
- Build a replica of the Alamo
- Alamo crossword puzzle
- 40-page workbook on the Alamo for extra fun! (7th grade level)
- Using this article, write a fictional newspaper article about Sam Houston -- date it and make it look like a real paper!
Define / Identify
- James Bowie
- Davy Crockett
- William Travis
- Susannah Dickinson
- Clara Driscoll
- San Antonio
- Sam Houston
- Stephen Austin
- Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
- How does the term “honor” apply to the actions of the men who fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo? Does it apply equally to the Mexican soldiers?
- What is the difference between the Anglo Colonists and the Tejanos? Do you believe that the Tejanos also believed that this battle was a matter of honor? Why or why not?
- Do you agree that the Texans deserved independence from Mexico? Why or why not?
Primary Source Document : Letter from Travis....