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Otter Learns About the Texas Revolution

The Alamo with lights on it at night

After the Texas Revolution began with the battle over the cannon in Gonzales, Texan Rebels took over the Alamo.  The Mexican Dictator, Santa Anna, determined to put down this rebellion and marched his soldiers to San Antonio to take over the Alamo.

The Mexican Army arrived at the Alamo on February 23, 1836.  William Barrett Travis, commander of the Alamo, wrote a letter for more soldiers to come help defend the Alamo on February 24, 1836.  In his letter he asked for help but also said that they would never surrender.

The famous letter from William Barrett Travis

The famous letter from William Barrett Travis

Those inside the Alamo planned to fight as long as they had while waiting for the help they needed.  There were about 200 defenders inside the Alamo. Unfortunately for them, the help they needed didn’t arrive in time and they lost the battle with the Mexican Army on March 6, 1836.  Many men lost their lives that day fighting for Texas Independence.  All of them were heroes and included William Barrett Travis, James Bowie, and Davy Crockett.

Building at the Alamo that was originally a barracks

Building at the Alamo that was originally a barracks

When news of the battle and those lost reached the rest of the Texas Army, they took up the battle cry, “Remember the Alamo!” The Texas Army finally did achieve victory and Texas Independence was won on May 14, 1836.

The Alamo is a neat place to visit and learn about an important part of Texas History.  They have many artifacts on display to see from the Alamo during the time of the Revolution in 1835.

A cannon on display at the Alamo

A cannon on display at the Alamo

Otter recommends you visit the Alamo and see for yourself the place where heroes once stood.

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