Texas Independence Celebration

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Texas Heritage Independence Celebration Association is the name of the event which is held at the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District (SBCISD) administration building. The theme of the event is Texas Independence Celebration which is an annual event beginning with a symposium and finishing the celebration off with a reenactment of the battle The Alamo, Siege of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto. Furthermore, this celebration focuses on the different cultures of Anglos, Mexicans, and Native Americans on what is now Texas land. In the end, the main purpose of this event is to educate and celebrate Texas history. The symposium consisted of keynote speakers who have researched and have become educated regarding the history of…show more content…
Chance the first keynote speaker introduced descriptive events regarding the Siege of Bexar which took place in December of 1835. He spoke of Mexicans who lived in Tejas, which was the Spanish name for Texas since, Mexico owned the Southwestern most part of the United States during this era. Furthermore, he spoke of how Lorenzo De Zavala united a group of intellects to overpower the regime of Santa Ana, Mexico’s President at the time. Since, Santa Ana was looking to rule Mexico with an iron fist of dictatorship. Therefore, De Zavala was one of the main characters to commence the Texas Revolution which is known as the Battle of the Alamo where at the Battle of San Jacinto Santa Ana was defeated and later…show more content…
Chance brought the battle of Siege of Bexar to life it dawned on me that De Zavala and other Mexicans not only participated in the Battle of the Alamo, which is never heard of in public school history classes. However, not only did the Mexicans fight at the Alamo but they were accompanied by Anglo settlers such as Stephen F. Austin, James Bowie, and Davy Crockett just to name a few. So, with this in mind a diversity of culture was taking place during this time of war. The Mexicans refused to become dictated by Santa Ana and so revolted against their country with the assistance of Anglos who were looking to do away with Mexico and create their own way of life with the current population. The cultural diversity portrayed with this battle takes me back to chapter one of the textbook which defines “culturally diverse as individuals who come from culturally different, diverse, or distinct backgrounds; no value judgment as to the superiority of one culture over the other” (Diller, 2015, p. 6). Though it is unfortunate that this part of history is not emphasized during history lessons in school which would make for a great way to unite the different cultures at a young age in order to create a culturally capable

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