LLIS TRAVELS: San Antonio - The Alamo

Sunday, January 22, 2017

After a fun night in San Antonio we still had another day left to explore The Alamo.  We took full advantage of the complimentary breakfast at the hotel, and headed back to Alamo Plaza.  My Mom and I spent the night researching the full history of the Alamo, while my Dad watched TV. My Mom and I are really into history, especially when we get to see historic landmarks. This is my second time seeing The Alamo, but the first time, I didn't really delve into it's history that much, and we quickly walked in and out. This time, I wanted to see everything based on my evening's research.  For those of you NOT born in Texas you may not get the full story behind The Alamo. Texas is a unique state in which one of the grade school curriculum courses is Texas History. A full course that solely focuses on the history of Texas.   For those of us who didn't have Texas History, or if you just need a refresher, I've recapped the story for you below:

The Alamo, originally called Mision San Antonio de Valero started off as a Spanish Catholic missionary to educated Native Americans after they converted to Christianity.  After it was abandoned it because a military stronghold for several armies between the Spanish, Mexican, and American armies.  It was taken over by a Texian army in 1835 after it was surrendered by a Mexican General in the Texas Revolution. Members of this Texian Army and a small group of fighters that came as back-up were all wiped out at The Alamo by Santa Anna's army.  The battle of the Alamo was one of the defining moments of the Texas Revolution leading to Sam Houston catching up to Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto and taking him hostage.  He was forced to retreat, but Mexico still refused to recognize Texas as a state of the U.S., and ultimately the battle between Mexico and the US lead to the Mexican-American War.  

Arriving at the Alamo and reading about the heroes and the brave men that refused to surrender its home was inspiring. Reading a letter from William Travis stating that they will stand their ground, probably deep down, knowing that they would die without reinforcements. Travis was only 26 years old when he died at the Alamo. It's crazy to think that people that age were making decisions to sacrifice their lives.  Davy Crockett also died here.  Entering the Alamo you can stand directly in the last places people died.  The Texian army either died inside the church (the most recognizable part of the Alamo) and the long barrack.  Inside the long barrack there's a video that shows the different uses of The Alamo from it's creation to it's heritage site that we know of today!  If you're a history buff, visiting The Alamo is a definite must!

You can see the section of this back wall that was replaced.  During the siege between Santa Anna and the Texian Army, this wall had collapsed and soldiers were leaning against this opening firing canons. They died in this spot when Santa Anna's army broke through the church.

6 Flags over Texas. The amusement park Six Flag, that originated in Texas represents the 6 flags of different countries that have ruled over Texas.

The outside of the Long Barracks

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