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Historical Events That Define Texas: The Battle of the Alamo

The battle of the Alamo was a pivotal moment of Texas history where Texans were able to show to Mexican authorities their determination and strength to be separate from Mexican rule. The odds were greatly against the Alamo defenders since the armies fighting them were much larger and properly armed. Such legendary leaders fought at the Alamo such as Travis, Bowie, Crockett, and even Seguin’s namesake. An accurate account of how many men consisting on either side of the battle can’t be found, but any given estimates show how the Texans were extremely outnumbered. Some battles, like the Battle of Lexington are so tedious and harmful to the victor, that it would have almost been better not to fight at all. The Alamo could be put in a similar category since so many Mexicans were killed just to bring down one small fort containing a few hundred men. All accounts of the battle of the Alamo seem to agree on the vigor of the Texans. Although their numbers were small, they fought with tremendous courage, strength and bravery. Their adopting nation, the United States, had left them in the cold by not sending communication or reinforcements. The Mexican army had surrounded their fort for days, leaving their food supplies low. Most of the men at the Alamo were malnutritioned, sleep-deprived, weak, and emotionally unstable facing the huge prospect of death. They had to know that the odds were highly against their cause because of the large amount of Mexican troops. The Mexican soldiers also had ample ammunition, thought-out strategies, and the support of strong leaders such as Santa Anna, the president of Mexico at the time. Even the Mexican story versions of the Alamo battle describe the courage of the Texan men. When faced with death, they kept shooting and defending the huge brick fort, no matter what may come to them at any moment. Travis was also highly respected by the Mexican description because of his determined loyalty to protect and maintain the American fort. The documentaries of the battle had to know of the legendary importance of it due to the style of writing with what they describe. There were so many great and famous leaders of the time involved, that it was a huge moment for all involved.

Both accounts of the battle seem alike with mostly numbers differing in their text. Jos Enrique Pea’s chronicles of the battle seem most trustworthy because he criticized both sides’ part in the conflict. He questioned the strategies of the Mexican leaders since mass confusion had broken out resulting in men killing their allies and fellow soldiers rather than enemy forces. Instead of giving a falsified number of men consisting on each side, Pea gave numbers that were closest to the truth in his own knowledge and even warned the reader that they were rumor alone and no set count was conducted, blocking the truth from ever being known. He also cited the enemies’ weaknesses, such as their lack of sleep, food, ammunition, men, and other provisions, making them much easier targets for, especially, an army so well equipped for a war like the Mexican army was at the time. The Texans’ accounts of the battle sounded more like listings of excuses, probably since it was inevitable that they were going to lose and that they did end up losing in the end. The battle of the Alamo is a timeless legend of American History that is an unforgettable story as well. The men were outnumbered and caught weakened and unprepared for a fight, yet they fought so hard and long for their personal freedom and political freedom to be part of the United States and separated from Mexican authority. It is a tale that will brighten the faces of many children and adults alike, where the bravery of men can never be compared with any other soldiers in any other war. This fight was so momentous for American history because it showed the tremendous dedication of American people and what hells they would journey through to get what they wanted.

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