Battle Of The Alamo Research Paper

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The state of Texas has a very rich history. If you have ever visited or lived there, you know of the immense pride Texans have for their state. I have lived in Texas the majority of my life and can attest to this feeling of pride towards “The Lone Star State”. The Battle of the Alamo, which took place in present day San Antonio, is the most famous battle in Texas' fight for independence. The battle is a long-recognized representation of bravery in the face of death. Although the battle only lasted an hour and a half, it was the finale of a 13-day siege by General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his troops. The Oil Industry provides a large chunk of Texas’ income. After the first well was drilled in 1866, the profits have just kept pouring…show more content…
The battle took place during the Texas Revolution, a conflict during the early 1800s. The Alamo was a cluster of religious buildings that also sometimes served as a fort. Mexicans had possessed the missionary until the immigrants, who called themselves Texians, took over the complex a year before the battle. As a result, Mexican troops sieged the Alamo . Although severely outnumbered, the inhabitants of The Alamo refused to surrender. Though reports vary, according to, “The little over 200 volunteers on the Texian side faced a massive force of thousands on the Mexican’s side” . This battle would become a turning point in the Revolution. In my opinion the fact that Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie died there made it a big deal. Both were well known figures in their time period. The valiance and courage shown by the volunteers would live on forever and would also motivate the Texas army inspiring the phrase “Remember the Alamo”. This battle represents the Texan spirit of never giving up. If this battle never happened Texas would probably still be part of Mexico. Santa Ana would have never split up his army if the volunteers were not present at The Alamo. If any of the military forces took on the Mexican army at full strength, they would certainly be crushed. The Battle of the Alamo ultimately led to The Battle of San Jacinto, in which General Sam…show more content… states, “He spent time among the Cherokee as a youth in East Tennessee, acquiring his distinctive familiarity with Indians. His service during the War of 1812 demonstrated his military ability and attracted the attention of Gen. Andrew Jackson” . Houston traveled to Texas in 1832. Interested in land and negotiating with Indians for both the Cherokee Indians and the United States, he suspected of also intending to promote, with President Jackson’s encouragement, a Texan revolution against Mexico. I think President Jackson saw some very vital characteristics in Sam Houston. According to Houston was quoted saying, "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may” . These are not the words of a coward, but yet a man with a vision of what Texas should be. If not for the unfortunate Civil War in which Texas succeeded from the union, he would have remained governor for a much longer period. I believe Texas succeeding and joining the Confederacy hurt Sam Houston leaving him no choice but to retire. Sam Houston was a major figure in the history of Texas. He was a Texan general and president, and after Texas joined the Union, he was its governor and one of its first

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