The Alamo

San Antonio, TX

The Alamo, known as the shrine of Texas liberty, represents a pivotal point in the state’s battle for independence from Mexico. In December 1835, a small band of just under 200 determined Texans drove a Mexican force from San Antonio, successfully occupying the Alamo. Memorialized in songs and movies, the siege of the Alamo began on Feb. 23, 1836 with the arrival of an estimated 6,000 Mexican soldiers led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna. On March 6, 1836, Mexican troops breached the compound walls, killing everyone inside except for a few women and children. Santa Anna’s cruelty sparked the rallying cry “Remember the Alamo,” which ultimately turned the tide in the Texas fight for independence.

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