This Day in History: Mexican General Santa Anna orders Texans at Goliad executed

On this day in 1836, the Goliad Massacre takes place. Most of you have heard “Remember the Alamo!” Did you know that “Remember Goliad!” was another battle cry used by Texans? The events at Goliad occurred just two short weeks after Texans were defeated at the Alamo. Colonel James Fannin was then at Goliad, building […]

This Day in History: The Battle of the Alamo

  On this day in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo is fought. Despite a valiant defense by the Texans (then called Texians), the Mexican Army is victorious. Okay, so I already discussed the long siege and battle a few days ago. But can you ever really say too much about Texas?! Ha. So, in […]

This Day in History: William B. Travis and the Siege at the Alamo

On this day in 1836, Texans hold their ground during a siege at the Alamo. The very next day, Texas would declare its independence from Mexico! The siege at the Alamo and the battle that followed were among the most pivotal events of the Texas Revolution. Almost one week earlier, on February 23, 1836, Mexican […]

This Day in History: The “Father of Texas” is born

On this day in 1793, Stephen F. Austin is born. He would come to be known as the “Father of Texas.” Perhaps there is a twist of irony in that title? When Austin first heard of an opportunity to set up a settlement in Texas, he wasn’t so crazy about the idea. To the contrary, […]

This Day in History: Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto

On this day in 1836, Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto. The battle was won in only 18 minutes! The decisive victory would ultimately ensure independence for the Republic of Texas. It also avenged the blood that had been shed at the Alamo and at Goliad. The Texans (then “Texians”) had accomplished their goal […]