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why do people say remember the alamo

It s 1820. While US America is working out the Missouri Compromise, Mexicans are saying hey we want some of that independence too, so they throw out Spain and crown an emperor, but he only rules for like a year or two before saying this isn t working and then Mexico has to write a constitution. They have a lot of problems to solve. One of them is the territory of Texas, or as the Apache and Comanche call it, home. If the new constitution calls Texas a territory then the entire nation will be responsible for fighting the war with those guys, but if they call it a state it ll be too small to win that war. The compromise they settle on is to combine Texas with Coahuila and give them statehood together. Coahuila is small and poor and only able to defend itself because it s small enough and doesn t have Apaches living there, so of course there s no way for it to take care of Texas as well. The government of Coahuila y Texas decides that what they really need is more white people, white people who know how to run plantations and ranches and who will bring slaves and guns. So they open up immigration and start giving away land and before long Texas is chock full of English-speaking US-Americans with slaves and guns and absolutely no loyalty to the federal Mexican government. In 1829, the federals said you have to free the slaves, and Texas said no, and the federals said okay so no more immigration for you and you ll free the slaves in a couple years then? Meanwhile, a general named Antonio de Padua MarГa Severino LГpez de Santa Anna y PГrez de LebrГn, or Santa Anna for short, was busy leading armies and defeating people.

He defeated a Spanish invasion, a coup, his political opponents in the presidential election, and then his political opponents in another coup only he was okay with this coup because it was his coup. It s 1835. The states Oaxaca and Zacatecas and Coahuila-y-Texas went into revolt, so Santa Anna got his army and went out to defeat them. Texans (again, having zero loyalty) took this opportunity to remove Mexican troops and set up their own quasi-government. Santa Anna was kinda ticked off by this and declared the Texan army to be a terrorist organization - except that he actually called them pirates and said it in Spanish - who would be executed if captured and not considered prisoners of war. And that s exactly what he did to the Texans at the Alamo. So that s what remember the Alamo means: remember that time that Americans crossed an open border, took sides in a coup, were branded terrorists, and were executed on the spot. Ultimately this was a disaster for Santa Anna, the first major campaign he lost. Supply lines were too long, Texans too pissed off, and the border too open to radicalized fighters pouring in from the American west. History being history, the story doesn t really end it just drags on and on, like how Texas ended up sorta making peace with the Apache, at least until getting US America to declare war on Mexico. Then there was that time that France actually conquered Mexico and that other time the German Empire tried to bring Mexico into WWI and lost the war instead.

Santa Anna was allowed to return home and had many more ups and downs: sometimes he was exiled sometimes he was president of Mexico. He once buried his left leg with military honors and later had two prosthetic legs stolen by Illinois militiamen, one of which they turned into a baseball bat and the other into a roadside attraction. (Mexico still wants it back. )
Remember The Alamo! One of the most gallant stands of courage and undying self-sacrifice which have come down through the pages of history is the defense of the Alamo, which is one of the priceless heritages of Texans. It was the battle-cry of Remember the Alamo that later spurred on the forces of Sam Houston at San Jacinto. Anyone who has ever heard of the brave fight of Colonel Travis and his men is sure to Remember the Alamo. Besieged by Santa Anna, who had reached Bexar on February 23, 1836, Colonel William Barret Travis, with his force of 182, refused to surrender but elected to fight and die, which was almost certain, for what they thought was right. The position of these men was known but no aid reached them. The request to Colonel James W. Fannin for assistance had gone unheeded. No relief was in store. As the Battle of the Alamo was in progress, a part of the Texas Army had assembled in Gonzales under the command of Mosely Baker in the latter part of February. From this army, a gallant band of 32 courageous men under the command of George C. Kimble left to join the garrison at the Alamo. Making their way through the enemy lines, these 32 men joined the doomed defenders and perished with them.

On March 2, 1836, during the siege of the Alamo, Texas independence was declared. Four days later, the document was signed with the blood shed at the Alamo. It was under such conditions that Travis and his men fought off the much larger force under Santa Anna. It was with the love of liberty in his voice and the courage of the faithful and brave that Travis gave his men the none too cheerful choice of the manner in which they wished to die. Realizing that no help could be expected from the outside and that Santa Anna would soon take the Alamo, Travis addressed his men, told them that they were fated to die for the cause of liberty and the freedom of Texas. Their only choice was in which way they would make the sacrifice. He outlined three procedures to them: first, rush the enemy, killing a few but being slaughtered themselves in the hand-to-hand fight by the overpowering Mexican force; second, to surrender, which would eventually result in their massacre by the Mexicans, or, third, to remain in the Alamo and defend it until the last man, thus giving the Texas army more time to form and likewise taking a greater toll among the Mexicans. The third choice was the one taken by the men. Their fate was death and they faced it bravely, asking no quarter and giving none. The siege of the Alamo ended on the dawn of March 6, when its gallant defenders were put to the sword. But it was not an idle sacrifice that men like Travis and Davy Crockett and James Bowie made at the Alamo. It was a sacrifice on the altar of liberty.

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