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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?