The Alamo

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The symbolic "Cradle of Texas Liberty" fronts a busy plaza in the heart of downtown. Mission San Antonio de Valero-known as The Alamo (Spanish for "cottonwood")-is an enduring symbol of Texas and one of the most photographed buildings in the US. It was built in 1718, secularized in 1793 and occupied as a Spanish, then Mexican military garrison in the early 1800s. In December 1835, rebellious Texans drove oppressive Mexican troops from San Antonio and consolidated their defenses within The Alamo. But Gen. Santa Anna, the Mexican president, led thousands of troops in an assault on the former mission two months later. The 13-day siege (February 23-March 6, 1836) was not over until the last of The Alamo's 189 defenders-including commander William B. Travis, renowned knife fighter Jim Bowie and the legendary Davy Crockett, who had left Congress to explore Texas' new frontier-had perished. "Remember The Alamo!" became the battle cry of the war of Texas independence, which climaxed less than two months later when Gen. Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at San Jacinto, near Houston. Although surrounded by numerous tourist traps, the site commands quiet respect. The Alamo is an apt memorial to the courage of the men who fought for Texas in the face of insurmountable odds. Its centerpiece is The Shrine, the former mission church, where exhibits canonize the men who died here. Further exhibits in the Long Barrack Museum describe historic events leading to the siege and its aftermath.

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Address : 

300 Alamo Plaza at Crockett St.

Phone:

+1 210-225-1391

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