Tuesday, February 23, 1836 – Texas History Told My Way
On February 23, 1836 Mexican troops under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna entered San Antonio de Bexar, Texas and surrounded the Alamo Mission.
Davy Crockett looked at Commander William B. Travis and said “We’re gonna a need a lot more men.”
General Santa Anna gave the people behind the mission’s walls one more chance to surrender. Travis opened fired. Santa Anna screamed “NO QUARTERS! This meant kill them all. He then ordered the bugler to play DeGuello – The Death Song. The fate of the Texans was sealed.
On February 24, Travis sent a plea requesting more troops. It was signed Victory or Death. The reinforcements never arrived.
Thirteen days later on March 6, the Alamo Mission would fall into the hands of the Mexican Army and “no quarters’ and DeGuello would enter into the history books. The soldiers defending The Alamo achieved victory through death.
General Santa Anna then proceeded to employ military tactics and strategies so bad that even I can see the flaws. For some inexplicable reason he moved north, rather than southeast and then slowed his army, taking his own sweet time while chasing General Sam Houston. His map app must have really been bad.
Meanwhile, Sam Houston and all of the citizens of the town of Gonzalez were hauling ass south toward Harrisburg (Houston) toward the Gulf Coast.
As every Native Born Texas has imprinted on their brains at birth, we all know this story and how this story ends.
On April 21, 1836, the Texas Army, led by General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican Army. The Battle of San Jacinto is considered one of the most important battles that changed the history of the world. Make sure you read that sentence. It changed the history of the WORLD.
Texas achieved its independence from Mexico and formed the free and independent Republic of Texas.
And now, the thought question you have not been waiting for.
Why did the Mexican territory of Texas want its independence from the Republic of Mexico in the first place?
- White United States settlers were immigrating to the territory in record numbers.
- The large numbers of immigrating white settlers were bringing their slaves with them.
The Republic of Mexico abolished slavery in 1829. Therefore, the white people were coming to Mexico illegally and committing the crime of owning slaves.
Don’t you just love historical irony?