Title The Alamo didn’t become a symbol of Texan Independence because it was a good idea on the

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Title The Alamo didn’t become a symbol of Texan Independence because it was a good idea on the Texan’s part. It became a symbol of Texan independence because a lot of brave men made a very, very rash decision. They decided to defend a point they knew they couldn’t defend to the last men. The brave Texan’s willingly laid down their lives to “fight the good fight.” There were three main heroes of the Battle of the Alamo. William Barret Travis was born in Edgefield Co. S.C. He trained to become a lawyer and practice in Claiborne, Alabama. He came to Texas both to make his fortune and he supported the revolt against Texas (William Barret Travis). Santa Anna, the Mexican general, and dictator, who led the Mexican army against the Alamo, had…show more content…
His arrival boosted moral greatly and ensured that the Alamo would go down in history. As the Mexican army, led by General Santa Anna began to advance on the Alamo, he ordered a blood red flag flown from a nearby church steeple. This flag, which would be visible for miles, said that no mercy would be shown to the defenders of the Alamo (Landaurdo). The Texans waiting in the Alamo fired their largest canon, an 18 pounder, in defiance (Sorrels 63). In the accent of a witness, Travis stated, “Our fate is sealed, within a very few days – perhaps a few hours- we must all be in eternity. This is our destiny, and we cannot avoid it (Landauro).” They men in the Alamo knew full well that they were going to die. And yet they did not flee while they still could. As the Mexican Army drew close, Travis sent increasingly desperate pleas for reinforcements. He knew that the Alamo lacked fortifications and could not hope to hold. The perimeter wall was too long, and the number of men too few, to hold the Alamo (Sorrels 53). Travis sent letter after letter asking for reinforcements he knew were too scattered or to distant to arrive in time. He wrote: To the people of Texas and all Americans in the world- Fellow citizens and compatriots I am besieged by a thousand or more of Mexicans under Santa Anna … I shall never surrender

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