Thursday, May 15, 2008
Spring Travel Part Fourteen: The Alamo
Very few Americans with so much as a passing interest in history do not recognize this structure in downtown San Antonio, Texas on sight.
It is, of course, the historic Alamo chapel. Once part of a much larger mission complex, the chapel is one of the most famous landmarks in the United States.
A small force of Texas revolutionaries held the fortified mission against a much larger Mexican army for nearly two weeks in February and March of 1836. It was one of the most heroic "last stands" in American history.
The battle for the Alamo has been the focus of a great deal of revisionist history over the last couple of decades, but the simple fact remains that on this ground a small group of men held out to the last against overwhelming forces, giving their lives for what they believed. The men of both sides fought bravely in the battle and it did indeed play a large role in determining the future of Texas and the United States.
To read more about the Alamo and see additional photographs, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/alamo1.
Our spring travel series will continue.