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Otter, The Alamo, and the Come and Take It Cannon

Otter at the Alamo

Otter took a trip to see the Alamo in San Antonio and find out why the Alamo is important to people in Texas.  It turns out, the Alamo plays a very important part in the Texas Revolution.  Before this war, the Alamo was used as a mission and you can find out more about the mission in the previous post.

Several years after the mission was established, Mexico gained its independence from Spain.  The new country used the Alamo as a military post to secure the area.  Mexico also thought it would help make the area stronger if they could encourage more people to live in Texas.  This way they would not have to worry about France trying to occupy Texas.  To help grow the population of Texas, the Mexican government invited Americans to come and settle in the area.  They gave the Americans land contracts.

A man with the last name of Austin had received a land contract but unfortunately died before he moved to Texas.  His son, Stephen F. Austin, carried out his father’s plan and moved to Texas.  He helped pave the way for more Americans to settle in Texas.  In five years, the population of immigrants to Texas had grown from 500 to 30,000.

The Mexican Government was concerned about the number of Americans in Texas and decided to stop allowing Americans to emigrate to Texas.  This act, and not allowing Texas to become an independent state in Texas began the call of Texans for Independence.  They decided that since Mexico wouldn’t recognize Texas as a state, they would just be their own country.

The famous come and take it cannon in Gonzales, Texas.

The famous come and take it cannon in Gonzales, Texas.

After Santa Anna became dictator of Mexico, he ordered the company at the Alamo to go and get a cannon that was being borrowed by colonists in Gonzalez.  When the colonists saw the soldiers coming, they refused to give up the cannon and threatened a fight by daring the Mexican soldiers “come and take” the cannon.

The first battle of what becomes known as the Texas Revolution begins there in the little town of Gonzales.

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