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The Battle of the Alamo: San Antonio’s War History

The Battle of the Alamo: San Antonio’s War History

Today, Texas is one of the most American places in America—but it wasn’t always so. Texas, in fact, wasn’t even part of the United States.

It was once part of Mexico.

And Texas wasn’t the only present-day American state that once belonged to Mexico. There were others, too: Nevada, New Mexico, California, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming.

And it was as a consequence of the Battle of the Alamo that Texas broke away from Mexico and joined the U.S.

Davy Crockett was There, Too

If you’ve ever been a Boy Scout, you’ve grown up listening to the story of Able Fable—who kept insisting that all the money belongs on the table. And then, of course, there was the ghost of Davy Crockett—and all the gold belonged in his pocket.

Davy Crockett was real—and he was from Tennessee.

 Flags of the U.S. and Texas

He was a soldier, congressman, frontiersman, and a great (duh!) storyteller. He has something of a folk hero status among us Americans—he was the King of the Wild Frontier, after all. Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and many other legendary names were all up at the Alamo back in 1835, holding the fort against many people’s beliefs and intentions.

And why was holding the Alamo so important? What was going on at the Fort? Who was fighting—and how does it all tie back to Texas?

The Texan War for Independence

History books tell us that many of the Tejanos and American settlers in Mexican Texas weren’t happy with the laws they got. In 1836, the then-President of Mexico—Santa Anna—locked horns with Tejanos and American settlers at the Alamo. While Mexico won the Alamo, it lost the Texas-Mexico War.

As a consequence of the loss, Texans—this includes both Tejanos and American settlers—declared independence and formed the Republic of Texas. Later, Santa Anna was captured in a surprise attack. He granted Texas its freedom for his.

The Annexation of Texas

It was in 1848, under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, that the United States annexed Texas and came to an agreement with the Mexican government. It was under this treaty, and after a long war, that Mexico had to cede 55% of its territory. Remember all those states we mentioned above— Nevada, New Mexico, California, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming? This was when we got them, too.

And it all ties back to one turning point: the Battle of the Alamo.

So the next time you’re in San Antonio, make sure you pay a visit to this historical site that has seen so many battles, and that has been the site of so many soldiers falling.

While You’re at the Alamo

Don’t forget to leave your bags somewhere safe while you go sight-seeing in San Antonio. If you’re looking for a baggage-storage service near the Alamo, Cubby can accommodate you. We provide luggage-storage services to travelers and tourists in San Antonio, as well as in Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Galveston, Fort Worth, Boston, Houston, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and beyond.