4066BL Remember The Alamo
Remember The Alamo ~
Who could not visit San Antonio without visiting The Alamo!
“Remember The Alamo”, a sort of San Antonio motto, refers to the battle cry of the earlier Texan’s striving endeavor for independence from Mexico. General Santa Ana’s Mexican Army seized The Alamo after an exhausting fight to death by our Texas heroes amid what was once a Spanish Catholic mission, turned fort. The name “Alamo” derives from Spanish cavalry members who nicknamed the mission after their own village of Alamo de Parras; meaning “cottonwood”.
I bet some do not know that there were originally 6 organized groups who wanted ownership of The Alamo during 1836 when Texas was in a state of revolutionary flux where the former Mexican state had broken away.
The list: Monarchists desired Texas to be subjugated to the Spanish Crown, The Confederation of Anglos and Tejanos had their own ideas for Texas to be a republic independent (along with a rebel confederation which was led by Sam Houston), the fledgling nation of the United States preferred Texas to tie with them, particular Federalists preferred Texas as a Mexican government and the sixth group, members of the Centralists wanted Texas to be a part of Mexico but ruled by a national government.
On March 6, 1836 the Confederation of Anglos and Tejanos, dominant Hispanic landowners, were indoors of The Alamo amid approximately 200 desperate men from all over the U.S. and realized they were in need to face a helpless battle to defend their aspirations for Texas with their lives; not realizing there was no aid on the way. During two weeks of bloodshed engagement, finally Santa Anna was fiercely knocking on their fort’s door.
By dawn of that historical day, March 6, 1836, the hostel Mexican soldiers took the Alamo. The hidden Texian children, women and slaves (along with James Walker Fannin) were executed by General Santa Ana’s order on March 26, 1836. And according to historical records, there was not a single rebel fighter left alive to tell the tale of this historic battle. Some 600 Mexican troops perished in this battle; which tells me our 189 or 200 heroic and brave men put up a great fight indeed.
History tells us of one lone nonmilitant slave, known only as John, lived to tell the provisional rebel government details of the fort’s battle.
So the month which followed that historical conflict, the wailing cry of “Remember The Alamo” became the rally inspiration to gather the rebels again and march onward towards their goal. Finally at San Jacinto (now named Houston, Texas) the commander of the brigade and newly formed rebel volunteers, Sam Houston, led us into victory during another month long and exhausting fight for the freedom of Texas. On April 21, 1836, Houston heralded 910 men to march the plains outside of San Jacinto and shot cannons toward the surprised Mexican forces.
The 20-minute battle was short and fierce. The Mexican soldiers had been caught off guard and were completely vanquished by our battle cries echoing amid the smoke, gunshots and whistles of cannons shooting by “Remember The Alamo!”.
As for myself, I cannot drive through or visit San Antonio without stopping to walk the grounds of The Alamo. Every time I visit the old mission I feel proud to belong to Texas as I read through the historical plaque information and logs displayed about.
Today, the citizens of San Antonio (as so in Texas and the depths of The United States) are made up of a multitude of nationalities. There is a common sense of friendliness and scores of politeness in sharing of history and culture embedded into the people I chance upon while there. I see pleasing smiles on everyone’s faces and have been graced with kindly conversations; from those who were born in the area all the way to transplanted folks whom all seem proud to call San Antonio their home.
In closing, I certainly “Remember The Alamo” in my own special way and I most certainly urge anyone who contemplates a visit to San Antonio to be assured of a wonderful experience.
Take your camera!