Knowing the tale of the Alamo is a requirement for every true blue Texan. More than a tourist attraction in San Antonio, the Alamo is considered as one the State’s most important and revered landmarks. It is a structure that was instrumental in changing the course of history for the Lone Star State.
The Alamo was originally the Mission San Antonio de Valero which was established by Catholic missionaries in 1724. It was home to missionaries, monks and Indians who converted to Catholicism. It was abandoned after almost 70 years of use and since then became a crude and makeshift military barracks and fortress with its crumbling walls and chapels.
But San Antonio and the Alamo has forever secured its place in history by serving as the turning point of the Texas Revolution. In March 6, 1836, some 200 Texians took refuge in the Alamo as they bravely fought 5,000 Mexican troops. Though horribly outnumbered, the Texians literally fought to their death for 13 days – first with guns and later with their hands when they ran out of ammunition – buying just enough time for Texian army supreme commander, General Sam Houston to organize his forces and plan an attack. The enemy was defeated the month after and Texas at last gained its independence.
In the annals of history, The Alamo is a symbol for triumph against seemingly insurmountable odds. The names of the brave men who laid their lives down for freedom are etched in stone as an example of courage for future generations.