The Alamo

The legendary Bowie is claimed to have wrote to the Texas government, “The salvation of Texas depends in great measure in keeping Bejar [San Antonio] out of the hands of the enemy… Colonel Neill and myself have come to the solemn resolution that we will rather die in these ditches than give up this post to the enemy.”(Sorrels 8)The determination of the brave men who fought in San Antonio has forever left a mark in their nation’s history. The Battle of the Alamo was a symbolic event in Texas history and significantly affected both United States and Mexican history.

The Battle of the Alamo happened due to the Mexican president, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, creating a more centralized government rather than a federalist one. He also made more increasingly dictatorial policies which angered the federalist and American immigrants living in the Texas area (Sorrels 119). The new policies that angered the immigrants included: ending slavery, accept Mexican customs, and stop new Americans from settling on their land. These immigrants showed a complete distaste for the new government because they were accustomed to having a more federalist government with extensive individual rights. Mexican authorities were already eerie of Americans because of

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their attempts to purchase Texas, so they blamed the political problems on them, most of who had not tried to embrace the Mexican culture.

The Alamo before the battle used to be and old Mexican mission which was settled to secure their land (Cleave). As Americans started to expand westward, the Mexican government started to encourage religious missionaries and soldiers to expand north as a way to declare their land. In 1835, a group of Texan volunteers had ousted Mexican troops from the Alamo which they had made into a fortress to prepare for a defensive war (Sorrels 119). This fortress became the main fighting ground for one of the most important battles of the Texas war for independence, known as the...