Remember the Alamo! It’s a famous saying that was heard often in the battles that helped shape the landscape of the western United States. But what did it mean to those fighting those battles?

The Battle of the Alamo took place between February 23 and March 6, 1836. It was a crucial fight in the Texas Revolution. American settlers who moved west into the land we now call Texas wanted a republic of their own instead of being ruled by Mexico.

A few months before the Battle of the Alamo, these settlers — who were called Texians at that time — had driven out all the Mexican troops from Mexican Texas. The Mexican troops, however, would not go away quietly.

On February 23, 1836, approximately 1,500 Mexican troops led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna attacked the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (what is now San Antonio, Texas). The mission was defended by fewer than 300 Texians under the command of James Bowie and William B. Travis.

Despite the Mexican troops’ overwhelming advantage in numbers, the two armies fought off and on for the next 12 days with few casualties. On March 6, however, the Mexican troops advanced on the Alamo in three separate attacks. By the end of the day, nearly all of the Texian defenders had been killed.

General Santa Anna sent a few noncombatant survivors ahead to tell others about the Texians’ defeat at the Alamo. The news caused a panic, and the remaining Texian troops, most settlers and the newly-formed Republic of Texas government fled from the advancing Mexican Army.

The Texians did not give up, however. Many of them were infuriated by what they thought was Santa Anna’s overwhelming cruelty during the Battle of the Alamo. Other settlers and adventurers were soon inspired by thoughts of revenge to join the Texian Army.

The regrouped and stronger Texian Army — many of them shouting “Remember the Alamo!” — defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. This final defeat led to the end of the Texas Revolution.

In the early 1900s, the Texas Legislature bought the old Alamo Mission and made the Alamo chapel an official Texas State Shrine. Today, the Alamo is one of the most popular tourist sites in Texas.

 

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  2. Well, at least today’s wonder of the day is about memory. I loved today’s wonder! I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day is about why do we lose stuff.

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  3. I LIKED THE VIDEO!!! MY FAVORITE PART WAS THE WHOLE VIDEO. I LIKE WONDER 507/508. THANKS, WONDEROPOLIS. COMMENT TOMORROW.

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    • That IS a good reason to remember the Alamo, Johnathan! Thank you for sharing something you learned from today’s Wonder of the Day®! :-)

  4. Dear wonderopolis, I am Kaitlyn. I am new on wonderopolis, and I saw the video. It is from 1836. This sounds interesting!!!!!!!!

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  5. Hi, wonderopolis. I don’t know why we should remember the Alamo. What is it? Nevermind about that, I will read about it. I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about loosing teeth or loosing something.

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  6. We enjoy checking out the wonders on here (for kindergarten home school). While my daughter was really mesmerized by the history and video, it also made me realize that a field trip is in order… ASAP!!! [*hanging head in shame*] Yes, we live in the culturally rich and festive city of San Antonio. :D Gave her one more reason to be proud to live here…

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  7. Wonderopolis! I think this wonder is really interesting and awesome! The Alamo is so so pretty! Anyway I really enjoyed today’s wonder!

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  8. Dear Wonderopolis,
    Cool wonder! The Alamo is a historical building that, in my opinion, is very pretty. I think it is important to remember the Alamo. I think tomorrow’s wonder is about bugs.
    XOXOXOXOXO,
    Paige ;)

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    • We hope you checked out our Wonder about the Alamo, Brandon! We learned all about the Alamo, and why it’s an important part of the history of the United States and the state of Texas. Have you ever visited a historical site in your area? :)

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Ready to remember the Alamo? That might sound hard to do since you weren’t at the Battle of the Alamo. You might not have ever been to San Antonio, Texas, either. No worries, though! Just go online to check out a 360-degree virtual panorama of the Alamo and its surroundings as they stand today. You can also take a peek inside the Alamo in this online photo gallery.

Once you have an idea of what the Alamo looks like, try this fun online puzzle of the Alamo. How quickly can you solve it?

Important historical events like the Battle of the Alamo often generate myths that seem to persist throughout time. To learn about some of the myths surrounding the Alamo — and whether or not there’s any truth to them — visit the Myths page of the Alamo’s official website.

 

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Check out Smithsonian’s History Explorer to learn more about The Mexican War, which America fought to gain territory from Mexico and expand the nation’s boundary from Texas to California.

 

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