February 23, 2017

Today in History: Battle for Texan independence begins at the Alamo (1836)

John RobsonResident Historian John Robson
 

Remember the Alamo? February 23 marks the beginning of the famous 1836 siege that ended with the massacre of the badly outnumbered defenders including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, a defeat that inspired Texans to rally, defeat Mexico and secure their independence followed by joining the United States. 

Today the once famous stand seems in bad odour, an example of imperialism rather than liberation, a preposterous misreading of Mexican as well as American history.

Without forgetting that Texas entered the Union as a slave state, and joined the Confederacy, we should remember to celebrate this battle.

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commented 2017-02-26 00:58:02 -0500
George Kastanza; Not sure what your point is, but no need to apologize nor expect one. Every people group has been a victim at one time or another. No group more than the perennial scapegoat, the Jews.
commented 2017-02-24 03:47:11 -0500
Mulled this one for hours. It’s that good, one of your best Dr. Robson. I guess as my dad has said history is for learning from your mistakes so you won’t repeat them, not for settling old, perceived, scores. I still point out that the Spaniards were bastards compared to the French and English and yet, NO ONE complains about Spanish genocide in central and south america where the only natives that survived where those that could run and hide in the jungle, whereas everyone complains about the colonialists who didn’t eradicate the native populations in North America (but boy did the USA give it a go). And yet, after slaughtering the native populations the Spaniards didn’t seem to have the same zeal of African slaves compared to the English and French. Go figure. Oh well i’m a white skinned blue eyed Slav, with no colonial background who is yet made to have to apologize for my anglo-saxon brethren. What a world. Ezra, apologize for colonialism, now!
commented 2017-02-23 22:10:44 -0500
Jim Bowie invented a great knife. Good for hunting, fishing, trapping and other uses.
commented 2017-02-23 19:22:50 -0500
Yes professor ROBSON , that was some battle
Lt. Colonel Travis drew a line in the sand , offering them the choice of crossing the line and joining him in a fight to the death , or leave , only one man left , Moses rose , a French mercenary who told the story