It's impossible to visit San Antonio without visiting the Alamo.
The sad thing is that I don't know history very well at all. It's not that I don't find it interesting, I just don't retain that sort of information. Not only am I horrible with history, but Greg is too.
As we were walking through the Alamo, Greg leaned over and asked me, "Who were we fighting here?"
"Mexicans," I replied.
"No way! Why would we fight them?"
Then, I really started questioning myself. How sad is that?
But, to sum up the importance of the Alamo for others like myself here's the low-down:
- Davy Crockett moved here after losing his run for the presidency of the United States. Of course, he was wonderful with his gun and was valuable in bringing other "volunteers" from Tennessee at the time.
- Texas was still a part of Mexico, but the settlers from the US wanted to gain their independence.
- Santa Ana's army (yes, a Mexican army) sent about 5000 soldiers to take San Antonio. The battleground was the Alamo, the fort there.
- Even though there were only a few fighters in comparison to Santa Ana's army, the men decided it was better to fight for the cause than to surrender.
- The battle was a short one, and ended in the death of Davy Crockett and the other men, but not without a valiant fight.
- Later in the battle of San Jacinto led by Sam Houston fighting Santa Ana and his massive army, the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo!" helped the soldiers to win the battle and eventually the war in gaining independence from Mexico.
One more thing, Greg got to see the Bowie knife exhibit and learn all about this famous Kentuckian. I don't know a thing about that, but it was interesting to him.