Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Remember the Alamo

The Alamo can be viewed in San Antonio, Texas. It was built in 1724 which is fairly old for United States.  It stands glowing as a reminder of Texas history.  Its not just about the men who gave their lives so Texas could be independent from Mexico.  Its preserving the past so we can learn about interesting people who have the same desires and hopes for families and future plans.  The Alamo is about Spain, Mexico and Texas intermingled with important events.  

The mission was established by Catholic Missionaries to help Indian converts live their faith and provide security for them.  Spanish Missions grew their own food, held mass, and lived peaceful  lives.  From 1724 to 1793 the Alamo was called Mision San Antonio de Valero.  

In the early 1800's the Spanish military took over the mission and renamed it the Alamo, meaning cottonwood.  It reminded them of their home in Alamo de Parras, Coahuila.  The commander started the first hospital.  It was home to both sides of Mexico's conflict to gain independence from Spain during the ten year struggle for freedom.  

Texas settlers began establishing farms with the leadership of Stephen F. Austin the father of Texas.  They wanted land which was a very valuable tool in their desire to provide a good home for their children.  San Antonio and the Alamo  played a crucial role in the Texas Revolution and for thirteen days volunteer soldiers held back Santa Anna's army.  The famous Davy Crocket died in the battle along with other brave men.

Sam Houston took over the fight and promised his soldiers land if they continued.  Finally victory  was won in the famous battle of San Jacinto.  The Texans led a surprise attach on Santa Anna's army with the battle cry, Remember the Alamo.  

So why is the Alamo still one of the most popular destinations for visitors visiting the United States for the first time or American  Citizens who  want to show their children what happened on March 6th 1836?  Perhaps because it links the past with the present as it glows with the backdrop of San Antonio skyscrapers.  It tells us not to forget history because its apart of our roots.  It helps us to make sense of the world and not relive past mistakes.  Land has always been a precious treasure for families to build their hopes and dreams.  

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