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Remember the Alamo? A Unique History Lesson


On a trip to Texas we spent a few days in the San Antonio area and had a blast.  We enjoyed spending some time at the River Walk as well as our tour of The Alamo.  I heard it was small, but I was quite surprised at how small it really was when seeing it for the first time.  It’s amazing that this is where the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence and even the confederacy stood its ground.

alamo-11Located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo houses exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the beautiful gardens. Just a short distance from the River Walk, the Alamo is a "must see" for all who come to San Antonio.

alamo-5We had an interesting time walking around the 4.2 acre complex containing only a portion of the original Alamo mission. Admission is free, and open every day of the year, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. More than 2.5 million people a year  come to see the place where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

alamo-7For those of you who don’t know much about the Alamo, besides, “Remember the Alamo” here is a little information about this famous battle.  On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio López de Santa Anna's army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texians and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna's army.

alamo-4William B. Travis, the commander of the Alamo sent forth couriers carrying pleas for help to communities in Texas. On the eighth day of the siege, a band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived, bringing the number of defenders to nearly two hundred. Legend holds that with the possibility of additional help fading, Colonel Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over — all except one did.

alamo-1As the defenders saw it, the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas, and they were ready to give their lives rather than surrender their position to General Santa Anna. Among the Alamo's garrison were Jim Bowie, renowned knife fighter, and David Crockett, famed frontiersman and former congressman from Tennessee.

alamo-6The final assault came before daybreak on the morning of March 6, 1836, as columns of Mexican soldiers emerged from the predawn darkness and headed for the Alamo's walls. Cannon and small arms fire from inside the Alamo beat back several attacks. Regrouping, the Mexicans scaled the walls and rushed into the compound.  

alamo-8Once inside, they turned a captured cannon on the Long Barrack and church, blasting open the barricaded doors. The desperate struggle continued until the defenders were overwhelmed. By sunrise, the battle had ended and Santa Anna entered the Alamo compound to survey the scene of his victory.

alamo-2Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted "Remember the Alamo!" as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

alamo-3While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be 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 impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty. We definitely felt the solemness of the place and everyone was so respectful. The did ask everyone to lower their voices and for the men to remove their hats.

us-at-the-alamoLiked I said we enjoyed our visit and would highly suggested visiting this amazing building, especially for families.  The kids will learn so much about Texas history and maybe even a few of the adults, lol. Hope you enjoyed reading my post. Please share thoughts or comments about your visit. What did you think they first time you visited the Alamo?



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