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"This is not about land or money... but the one thing that no man should ever be able to take from another man: the freedom to make his own choices about his life, where he'll live, how he'll live, and how he'll raise his family."
Col. William Barrett Travis
Remembering "The Alamo"
Originally named Misióón San Antonio de Valero, the Alamo served as home to missionaries and their Indian converts for nearly seventy years. Construction began on the present site in 1724. In 1793, Spanish officials secularized San Antonio's five missions, and distributed their lands to the remaining Indian residents. These men and women continued to farm the fields, once the mission's, but now their own, and participated in the growing community of San Antonio.
In the early 1800s, the Spanish military stationed a cavalry unit at the former mission. The soldiers referred to the old mission as the Alamo (the Spanish word for "cottonwood") in honor of their hometown Alamo de Parras, Coahuila. The post's commander established the first recorded hospital in Texas in the Long Barrack. The Alamo was home to both Revolutionaries and Royalists during Mexico's ten-year struggle for independence. The military - Spanish, Rebel, and then Mexican - continued to occupy the Alamo until the Texas Revolution.
San Antonio, and the Alamo, played a critical role in the Texas Revolution. In December 1835, Ben Milam led Texan and Tejano volunteers against Mexican troops quartered in the city. After five days of house-to-house fighting, they forced General Maríín Perfecto de Cóós and his soldiers to surrender. The victorious volunteers then occupied the Alamo - already fortified prior to the battle by Cóós' men - and strengthened its defenses.
On February 23, 1836, the arrival of General Antonio Lóópez de Santa Anna's army outside San Antonio nearly caught them by surprise. Undaunted, the Texans and Tejanos prepared to defend the Alamo together. The defenders held out for 13 days against Santa Anna's army. William B. Travis, the commander of the Alamo sent forth couriers carrying pleas for help to communities in Texas.
On the eighth day of the siege, a band of 32 volunteers from Gonzales arrived, bringing the number of defenders to nearly two hundred. Legend holds that with the possibility of additional help fading, Colonel Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over - all except one did. As the defenders saw it, the Alamo was the key to the defense of Texas, and they were ready to give their lives rather than surrender their position to General Santa Anna. Among the Alamo's garrison were Jim Bowie, renowned knife fighter, and David Crockett, famed frontiersman and former Congressman from Tennessee.
The final assault came before daybreak on the morning of March 6, 1836, as columns of Mexican soldiers emerged from the predawn darkness and headed for the Alamo's walls. Cannon and small arms
fire from inside the Alamo beat back several attacks. Regrouping, the Mexicans scaled the walls and rushed into the compound. Once inside, they turned a captured cannon on the Long Barrack and church, blasting open the barricaded doors. The desperate struggle continued until the defenders were overwhelmed. By sunrise, the battle had ended, and Santa Anna entered the Alamo compound to survey the scene of his victory.
While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against overwhelming odds - a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason the Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.
Originally posted by syrinx high priest
dude, whats next oak island ?
edit on 3-4-2012 by syrinx high priest because: (no reason given)
by Skip Hollandsworth
X Marks the Spot
Texas is full of buried booty—or, to be a bit more accurate, full of stories about buried booty that no one has been able to find. Here are six of the supposedly greatest Texas treasures still out there. May the hunters strike gold.
4. The Lost Padre Mine Somewhere in the Franklin Mountains overlooking the Rio Grande River in El Paso County is the Lost Padre Mine. Back in the 1580’s, Spanish conquistadors and priests often passed beneath the peaks of the Franklins on their way to New Mexico to colonize the Indian villages. According to one legend, a group of priests put about three hundred burro loads of silver in a mine on one of their expeditions to New Mexico. They then filled in the shaft. Another legend has it that in 1595, Juan de Oñate hid five silver bars, 4,336 gold ingots, nine burro loads of jewels, and four priceless Aztec codices (books or manuscripts) in the mine. My favorite part of the legend is that the Guadalupe Mission in El Paso was built in way so that the shadows of the mission point to the Lost Padre Mine.
6. The Lost San Saba Silver Mine This lost mine, with its rich vein of silver, has been what one treasure hunter writer has called “the Holy Grail of Texas treasure seekers.” In 1756 a Mexican official traveling through Texas learned from Indians of an exposed strain of pure silver that ran through a certain hill in Central Texas. In the early 1800’s, Stephen F. Austin, on his first trip to Texas, also heard about a rich silver mine on the San Saba River and a gold mine on the Llano. He sent soldiers to look for it, but they found nothing.
By 1829, the mythical “lost” silver mine of San Saba began appearing on Austin’s maps of Texas. More maps appeared showing various locations of a lost silver mine. Just about every book written about Texas in that era mentioned it. James Bowie went on an expedition to find it.
So where is it? An historian named Herbert Bolton, using the original journals of the Mexicans from the eighteenth century, found what is now known as the Boyd shaft on Honey Creek. In 1909 members of the United States Geological Survey visited the site, which they described as being unproductive. But to this day, treasure hunters are unswayed. They know it’s there. They know it.
And the search goes on.
While the troops were before Bexar, a Dr. Grant arrived, and
joined the Army. He had been concerned with an English Mining
Company, at Parras, but he had fallen under the displeasure of
the Mexican Government, and was obliged to fly. He was a
Scotchman by birth, but did not seem to possess much of the
methodical shrewdness which characterizes that nation. He
was a man of much more than ordinary capacity, but, in all
military affairs, seemed to be destitute of judgment and discretion.
200 died, six were Masons…
Originally posted by Rockpuck
200 Freemasons died at the Alamo, James Bonham, James Bowie, David Crockett, Almaron Dickenson, and William Barrett Travis were the most noted.
Among the nearly 200 defenders who died at the Alamo were Freemasons James Bonham, James Bowie, David Crockett, Almaron Dickenson, and William Barrett Travis.
Originally posted by JoshNorton
Well, among the OP's many delusions (along with his false belief that 33° Scottish Rite Freemasons and Illuminati are synonymous) is the idea the any of the Masons at the Alamo were 33° to begin with. The Scottish Rite was still pretty new, and hadn't really spread very far into the territories.
The following men at the Alamo were Master Masons (3rd degree):
James Bonham James Bowie David Crockett Almaron Dickenson William Barrett Travis
Then you should re-read your history, because they LOST and were killed by the "thousands of mexican militia".
Originally posted by rocha123
NOW FOR YEARS ive read the history of the Alamo battle,I still dont accept the fact that somebody with a kniffe and a few soldiers went into battle and won fair and straigth against thousands of mexican militia!!...NOW THAT IS PRETTY FAR FECHTED TO ME.
More tellingly, once Texas achieved independence, there was a large minority who did not want to join the United States, and spoke against the Act of Union when it was voted on. Sam Houston only belatedly joined the American bandwagon.