There are many icons that represent freedom, the fight against oppression and a determined people to form a new nation. For the United States, our history is replete with examples; perhaps one of the most recognizable is the Alamo. This conjures the sight of Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and others fighting shoulder to shoulder to free Texas from Mexico and advance the formation of our nation. The cry of “Remember the Alamo” is as awe inspiring now as is when we were kids pretending to stand and defend the walls of the old Spanish mission.
Originally named Mission San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo was constructed in 1724. At that time, the land and parts of what was to become the State of Texas were disputed between Mexico and the United States. The Mexican Government maintained the San Antonio area was under their jurisdiction. The lands were distributed to the Indian residents who farmed the fields and participated in the growing community.
In the early 1800’s, The Spanish military stationed a Calvary unit at the former mission, now known as the Alamo (Spanish word for “cottonwood”) and established the first recorded hospital in Texas. The Alamo became home to Revolutionaries and Royalists who continued to occupy the Alamo until the Texas Revolution. Named Texians and Tejanos, together these individuals would defend the Alamo against units of the Mexican forces. There were many volunteers that joined in the fight that came on February 23, 1836 as General Santa Anna’s army surrounded and prepared to attack and destroy the now fortified mission. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna’s army. With about 200 volunteers, the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas and to a man, all except one were ready to die rather than to surrender their position to Santa Anna. The garrison was bolstered by Jim Bowie the famous knife fighter and Davy Crockett the Tennessee congressman and frontiersman.
General Santa Anna’s final assault came early on the morning of March 6, 1836. The defenders of the Alamo fought bravely and with great resolve, beating back the columns of soldiers that attacked the walls. Finally by overpowering numbers and firepower, the Mexicans gained momentum and conquered the walls and stormed the fort. Soon, the battle was finished and the Texans had lost. The battle had been lost, but the war had just begun to eventually bring victory to the fledgling Americans. The cry “Remember the Alamo” was taken up many times in many places, some forgotten to history but no less meaningful.
The facts surrounding the Alamo are yet debated. However, there is no doubt what the Alamo has come to symbolize. Worldwide, people affiliate the fight for freedom against impossible odds a heroic struggle and remember the Alamo.
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