“Remember the Alamo!” In 1821, Mexico won independence from Spain and established a Mexican Republic with a Federal Constitution.
In 1833, Santa Anna was elected President of Mexico, but quickly turned his presidency into a dictatorship by rejecting the Constitution, demanding high taxes and seizing guns. Santa Ana punished States not submitting to his centralized government, such as: San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Durango, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Yucatán, Jalisco, and Coahuila y Tejas. In Zacatecas, Santa Ana defeated Francisco Garcia, took 3,000 prisoners and let his army ransack the city for two days.
Federal General José Antonio Mexía marched from New Orleans to Tampico, but Santa Ana defeated him and executed every prisoner.
The Battle of the Alamo began FEBRUARY 24, 1836, when General Santa Ana’s 3,000 troops attacked 189 Texans and Tejanos at San Antonio. In 13 days, all defenders were killed, including William Travis, Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. Only Susanna Dickenson, her baby, and Travis’ servant survived.
The Texas Declaration of Independence stated
“General Antonio Lopez Santa Ana…having overturned the constitution of his country, now offers, as the cruel alternative, either abandon our homes…or submit to the most intolerable of all tyranny…He denies us the right of worshipping the Almighty according to the dictates of our own conscience.”
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