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In 1836, Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and 6,000 Mexican troops stormed into Texas in an attempt to quell the insurrection among Texans who had declared independence from Mexico. On March 23, Santa Anna and his troops marched into a small mission in San Antonio known as The Alamo. His demand for an immediate surrender was refused, and he subsequently killed hundreds of Texans who resisted after a two-week standoff. Meanwhile, the commander of the Texas Army, Sam Houston, made plans for a counterattack.On April 21, Houston’s army of 800 routed the Mexicans at San Jacinto. In the battle, Santa Anna was captured, and the Mexican army was defeated amidst shout of “Remember the Alamo”. Texas was now independent. It would become an American state in 1845.


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The Alamo in Depth

Hundreds of Texans were killed after a two week standoff at the Alamo mission in San Antonio, Texas in 1836. Click above to learn more.


Mexican-American War

The decisive American victory in the Mexican-American War in 1849 resulted in the acquisition of over one million square miles of land including most of the American southwest and California.


Stephen F. Austin

Click above to learn all about the founder of the Republic of Texas and the man for which the state capital is named.




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