The Alamo By Katharine 5/08/2009 San Antonio The place in San Antonio, The Alamo, was originally called The Mission San Antonio de Valero. It was built in San Pedro Springs, San Antonio, in 1718. Cottonwoods Some People think the name Alamo, came from a grove of cottonwood trees growing on the water’s edge, of the river, Acequia. Alamo, being the Spanish word for cottonwoods. 1820’s and 1830’s Texas used to belong to Mexico. Starting in the 1820’s people from the United States began moving to Texas and by the early 1830’s U.S. citizens outnumbered Texas Mexicans. They wanted independence from Mexico and started the Texas Revolution in 1835. William Travis At the Battle of the Alamo that began in February 1836, William Travis wrote a letter to get reinforcements that said," I shall never surrender nor retreat. I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism, and dispatch…VICTORY OR DEATH!” The Battle The Battle of the Alamo lasted 13 days and ended on March 6th, 1836 with the death of all the fighting Texans. After the battle, the Alamo was in ruins. Survivors Santa Anna sent Suzanna and her Daughter Angelia Dickenson, two of the only survivors, to tell Sam Houston about Santa Anna’s victory. Santa Anna’s Defeat Santa Anna’s success at the Alamo, a few months later, inspired the remaining Texas army to win a decisive victory at the Battle of San Jacinto. Charging into battle during the Mexican’s siesta, led by the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!” The Texans slaughtered the Mexican’s army and captured Santa Anna. Legend has it that he was captured when trying to escape while wearing ALL women’s clothing. Independence Finally In May 1836, Santa Anna signed the treaty of Valasco and removed the Mexican army from Texas. After the Battle The Alamo, after the battle, was in terrible condition. Apparently, there was a fire near the Alamo and burned down most of the trees close to it. Now •March 2004 - a movie entitled The Alamo premiered at San Antonio’s Majestic Theater. •2005 – The Daughters of the Republic of Texas finished an upgrade of the Alamo. So Texas ended up with a pretty good result. I would be proud that you live in Texas, because Texans fight for what they have. You can visit the Alamo in San Antonio today and learn more about how much it is a part of Texas history.
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