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THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT, OR AS WE MISSED IT
The year 2011 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Battle of the Alamo.
The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most cherished historical events in American history, and example of heroism that had been the subject of many books, movies, and television programs. The basic facts are undisputed: In 1836 a small band of Americans and Tejanos (Hispanic Texans) held out for 13 days against the army of Mexican dictator General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. After holding out for nearly two weeks, the heroic little garrison was overwhelmed and put to the sword.
The leaders of the tiny garrison have been immortalized, though some of them were famous well before their appointment with destiny. But how some of them died is a matter of controversy. James Bowie, famed for his distinctive knife, was ill and probably bayoneted in his bed. There’s not too much dispute about that—though there are some quibbles about whether he was already dead, conscious or in a coma during the Mexican assault.
David Crockett, famed in legend as “Davy” Crockett, was probably the most famous man in the Alamo prior to the battle. He was a noted frontiersman, storyteller, and crack shot, a legend in his own time. He served in Congress for a time, but his anti-Andrew Jackson and pro-Indian stance made him unpopular with the voters. “You can all go to hell,” he was supposed to have said, “I’m going to Texas!”
We enjoyed the Museum and all the History we found here in the beautiful city.
Feb. 25th, 2011
San Antonio, TX USA
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