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Gabby Social Studies Project- Alamo

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Kimberly Magee

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of Gabby Social Studies Project- Alamo

The Battle of the Alamo
Texas vs. Mexico The Alamo began as a Spanish missionary building in 1718.It was called the Mission of San Antonio de Valero.The fort was not meant for battle. It had low and broken walls that had already begun to crumble. It had a ditch around the outside walls that were later filled with sharpened branches to hold back the enemy. Some of the fort's roofs and walls were also missing, leaving open areas for attack. The Battle of the Alamo was fought for 13 days. The Texan army, lead by William Travis, held of the Mexican Army for twelve days before finally being captured on March 6th, 1836. There were two famous fighters in the Texan Army. One was Jim Bowie, who was known as the greatest knife fighter in the country. The other was Davy Crockett, known as the "King of the Wild Frontier", who was a former congressman from Tennessee, and had come to Texas only weeks before the Battle of the Alamo. After the battle was over, many Texans' spirits were crushed. From that point on they cried "Remember the Alamo!" in their battles to motivate them to win and never be defeated like that ever again. The final siege began with forces from the Mexican Army silently advancing on the Alamo. The Texans never saw it coming because they were all asleep. They were soon awakened by cries of 'Viva Santa Anna!' The Mexicans were blindly shooting their weapons while in their column formations, sometimes wounding their own soldiers. The Texans took advantage of this and filled their cannons with any metal they could find (door hinges, nails, chopped up horse shoes, etc.) and fired down onto the Mexican forces. This didn't work for long because they ran out of ammo, and they were defenseless. Soon enough the Mexican Army found a way to scale the walls and enter the fort. Many Texans hid in the chapel after the Mexicans entered the fort. The Mexican forces found them and fired into many of the buildings, attempting to kill them. The battle was soon over and the Mexican flag was raised in the fort. Santa Anna entered the fort after his victory to take care of the remaining survivors and his soldiers. Many of the survivors were either executed or punished in other ways for fighting against Santa Anna. Some eyewitnesses of the battle counted between 182 and 257 Texans dead just in the final siege. They also counted 400-600 Mexicans that were dead or wounded in the final siege. Remember the Alamo!
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