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The Alamo. The Alamo. The Alamo was a mission or church In the 1700’s it was used to teach Native Americans the Catholic religion In 1836, it became a huge battleground between Texans and Mexicans. The Battle. On March 2, Texas Declared Independence

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The alamo1
The Alamo

  • The Alamo was a mission or church

  • In the 1700’s it was used to teach Native Americans the Catholic religion

  • In 1836, it became a huge battleground between Texans and Mexicans


The battle
The Battle

  • On March 2, Texas Declared Independence

  • From Feb. 23- Mar. 6: Santa Anna led a 13 day siege (attack) of the Alamo

  • Anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 (no one knows for sure) Mexicans took on 187 Texans

  • Eventually they broke through, killing everyone


William b travis
William B. Travis

  • The leader of the Texas army at the Alamo

  • Was originally ordered by Sam Houston to destroy the Alamo

  • “Victory or Death!”

  • “I will never surrender!”

  • Kept waiting for help


James bowie
James Bowie

  • Leader of the volunteer soldiers

  • Disagreed with Travis

  • Was in very bad health

  • Famous “dueler” in Lousiana and Mississippi, made famous this knife:


Juan seguin
Juan Seguin

  • Leader of Tejano forces, which were Mexicans who joined Texas

  • Many Mexican soldiers did not like the dictator Santa Anna and wanted to fight him


David crockett
David Crockett

  • Congressman from Tennessee, brought many volunteers to help Texas

  • “King of the Wild Frontier”

  • Crockett and his men were

    Offered land in Texas


Why is this important
Why is this important?

  • The 187 knew they would die, but they stayed strong anyway for 13 days refusing to surrender

  • They took out hundreds more Mexican soldiers

  • It held off the Mexican army for 13 days so Sam Houston could gather supplies and soldiers


Reading the fall of the alamo
Reading: “The Fall of the Alamo”

  • Why was Travis concerned about the Texans’ odds at the Alamo?

  • What is Travis asking for in his letters?

  • What was happening at Washington-on-the-Brazos?

  • What did Santa Anna order once his men made it inside the walls of the Alamo?

  • Why would the defenders of the Alamo stay when they were so outnumbered? Would you have stayed?


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