1 Davy Crockett Davy Crockett was one of the men whose death at the Alamo helped create a legend.
2 Even before he joined Texas’s fight for independence, Davy was known as a frontiersman and a politician. He represented Tennessee in Congress. Even before he joined Texas’s fight for independence, Davy was known as a frontiersman and a politician. He represented Tennessee in Congress.
3 It is said that when the Mexicans came over the wall, Davy had no more gunpowder so he used his rifle as a club against his attackers. His rifle’s name was “Betsy”.
4 Sam Houston Sam Houston Sam Houston was a brave and courageous leader. He was an honorable man. When he was a boy, he dreamed of being a soldier.
5 In 1835, he fulfilled his dream. After the Alamo fell, he revenged the fallen warriors of the Lone Star State and captured Santa Ana in the battle of San Jacinto! Jacinto!
6 Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana Santa Ana, was a dictator dictator who overthrew the who overthrew the Mexican Government. He took control of Mexico. Mexico.
General Santa Ana took the Mexican Army the Mexican Army north into the Texas north into the Texas territory to stop the territory to stop the trouble the Americans trouble the Americans were causing. were causing. He had 5,000 men when he attacked San he attacked San Antonio which was being Antonio which was being defended defended by only 150 Americans.
The Americans retreated to the Alamo. The Alamo had been built as a Spanish mission more than 100 years before. It was empty and made a good fort.
The 150 men and 32 volunteers held off Santa Ana’s army for 12 days. On the last day the Mexicans scaled the walls and killed all but three.
7 Santa Ana called his win at the Alamo a ‘glorious victory’, even though one out of every four Mexican soldiers had died! Santa Ana called his win at the Alamo a ‘glorious victory’, even though one out of every four Mexican soldiers had died!
8 After the battle one of the officers under Santa Ana’s control said: “One more such ‘glorious victory’ and we are finished!”
Later that year Sam Houston led the newly formed Texas Army against Santa Ana outside San Jacinto. To inspire his men he rode his horse through his troops shouting, “Remember the Alamo!” The battle was over in 18 minutes. The Mexican Army was defeated!
10 That victory freed Texas from Mexican control and for the next 10 years Texas was an independent nation.
On December 29, 1845 Texas joined the United States as our 28 th state.
Credits Davy Crocket: www.lsjunction.com www.markchwrms.com www.tpeod.state.tx.us Sam Houston: www.firstmonday.org www.sonofthesouth.net Battle of the Alamo: www.legendsofamerica.com Fall of the Alamo: www.historicaldocuments.com Alamo Mission: www.mohicanpress.com Texas map: www.sonofthesouth.net/texas/pictures/republic Texas flag: wounty.eastlandcountytexas.com/Historical%20m American flag: www.af.mil/art/index.asp?galleryID=70&page=17