Thursday, January 3

We Were There at the Battle of the Alamo

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Shortly after Mexico won its independence from Spain, it opened up the Mexican State of Texas for colonization.  Originally, three hundred American families came to settle on 200,000 acres of land in this area, but it was later opened up for more settlement.  As the land was offered more cheaply by far than anywhere else in the west at the time, people began to pour into the area.  Mexico had rules set for the colonists, but many of the people who settled during this time of "Texas Fever" chose to ignore these rules.

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.
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Make / Do
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    Define / Identify
    • Identify
      • James Bowie
      • Davy Crockett
      • William Travis
      • Susannah Dickinson
      • Clara Driscoll
      • San Antonio
      • Sam Houston
      • Stephen Austin
      • Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
    • Define 
      • Alamo
      • Seige
      • Persevere
      • Compatriot 
      • Patriotism
      • Honor
      • Tejano
      • Anglo
      • Preservation
      • Mission
      • Garrison
      • Palisade

    Think

      • 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?
       
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      Primary Source Document : Letter from Travis....

      4 comments:

      1. wow... I now know so much more about the reason for the Alamo. Thank you for this! :)

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        1. I read your blog to learn the Canadian history! :)

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      2. I love this! Such a great set of resources! Thank you for joining our Link Party and I cannot wait to read what you write for next week! :)

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        1. Thank you! I find all sorts of neat goodies at your link party. ;) We're working on some more mythology for next week...

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