What was the Alamo?

The Alamo is a building in San Antonio, Texas it is actually the chapel of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, which was founded by Franciscans in 1718. A popular name for it became “the Alamo mission”, because it stood in a grove of cottonwood trees and the spainsh name for this type of tree is Alamo.

The mission originally consisted of the chapel, a convent yard. convent and hospital building, and a plaza, all surrounded by a strong wall. When the Indians disappeared from this region, the mission was abandoned, and after 1793, it was sometimes used as a fort.

In 1835, a group of United States settlers in Texas revolted against Mexico. Texas at his time was part of one of the Mexican  states. Many Americans from other parts of the United States came to help these men in their fight.

Among them was a man called Davy Crockett. Late in 1835, the Texans captured San Antonio and began to use the Alamo as fort. The Mexican general, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, marched on San Antonio with about 4,000 men.

In the Alamo were about 180 men. They were led by Col. William Travis and Col. James Bowie. On February 23, 1836, the Mexican troops poured into the mission, the Texans continued to fight with knives and bayonets.       

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