Nikon D300 ~ 18 – 200mm Nikkor lens
f11 ~ 15.00s ~ ISO 100
taken in San Antonio, Texas (US)
Dedicated to those who fought and gave their lives at the Alamo
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After visiting the Alamo and absorbing some of this shrine’s history, I felt this image should be taken in that same predawn hour that the fateful battle took place on the morning of March 6th, 1836.
Constructed in 1724, the Alamo was originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero. The Alamo served as home for the missionaries and their Indian converts until 1793, when Spanish officials secularized the missions in all of San Antonio and the community of San Antonio continued to grow.
On February 23rd, 1836, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna arrived with his army of approximately 2000 troops. The 200 defenders of the Alamo held out for 8 days, but in the predawn hours of March 6th Santa Anna’s troops attacked. The battle was over in less than an hour. A few of the wives and children who had lived in the fort survived and were allowed to leave the Alamo. Among the heroes who died trying to protect the Alamo were William B Travis, commander of the Alamo, Jim Bowie, renowned knife fighter, and David Crockett, famed frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee.
While facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo are still debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against overwhelming odds, where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.