This volume covers the story of the 1836 campaign in Texas, including the epic siege of the Alamo. In 1835 Texas was a province of the Mexican Republic, the President of which was the despotic Santa Anna, a thief, liar, compulsive gambler, opium addict and megalomaniac to boot. Dissatisfaction with increasingly oppressive Mexican rule on the part of the Texans led ultimately to war. Their initial success was short-lived and in February 1836 Santa Anna marched his army into Texas and laid siege to an old mission named the Alamo outside San Antonio. It was defended by a collection of volunteers under Colonel William Travis and the famous adventurer Jim Bowie (he of the knife), and included David Crockett. After a siege of 11 days the Mexicans stormed the Alamo and slaughtered the garrison. Outrage at the Alamo galvanised the Texans. Sam Houston's force, now the only thing between Texas and subjugation, fell upon Santa Anna's army and destroyed it in a battle lasting a mere 18 minutes. Their battle cry as they charged was 'Remember the Alamo!', and the result was Texan independence.
Publisher: ABC-CLIO ISBN: 9780275984601 Number of pages: 96 Weight: 476 g Dimensions: 260 x 188 x 12 mm
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