To remember the battles in order, think
5. San Jacinto
NOW, THE ONLY THINGS YOU NEED TO REMEMBER IS:
1) GOZALES COMES FIRST!!
2) THE ACRONYM ITSELF!!
This info will make the Battles Quiz at the bottom of this page much easier. ;)
BATTLE OF GONZALES (October 2nd, 1835)
The flag Texas veiwed in prompting the Battle of Gonzales.
In the first battle, the Battle of Gonzales, (Green DeWitt's settlement) the Texans first realized...they needed more firepower (ammunition...etc.), so they took one of Mexico's armed weapons (cannon).
At this point in time, Stephen Austin realized Santa Anna was becoming a dictator and capable of overthrowing Texas. So he further encouraged his army to do well.
Therefore, the Texas colony and the Mexican government realized their own contrasts'.
The differences between Mexico and Texas finally came to a short battle of 100 Mexicans coming to repocess their stolen cannon. Texas constructed a flag, "Come and Take it", which was to become very famous throughout history.
Texas won this one!
The significance of this battle was that Texas proved their swiftness and ambition to win. To the past Texans, this triumph was a much needed "moral-booster." The Texans were "fired-up", but really wanted to get the point of winning across to the Mexicans.
(Juan N. Seguin was the captain in this Battle.)
SEIGE OF BEXAR (December 1835)
The only Tejano and Captain of the Army at Bexar.
Next in the revolution came the "Seige of Bexar."
This battle's importance proved Texas was truculent and was capable of not only winning the previous Battle of Gonzales but also the Seige of Bexar.
Mexico and Texas fought in this war for control of San Antonio. Texas was to win this battle.
This battle involved many revolutionary people, such as James Bowie, Juan Seguin (Juan was the only Tejano to fight along-side Houston.), and James Fannin.
These people actually fought at this specific battle.
Think of Bexar like one big, major battle.
BATTLE OF THE ALAMO (March 6th, 1836)
The Third Battle in the Revolution was the Battle of the Alamo. Most likly a more "famous Battle..."
Unlike the two previous fights, the Mexicans won this Battle.
To the Mexican Government, this showed power and strength over Texas. To them, they were regaining control of Texas.
The physical structure of the Alamo in seige.
This video is a skit that shows some more facts about the Battle of the Alamo.
BATTLE OF GOLIAD (March 27th, 1836)
James Fannin's memorial in Texas.
The Battle of Goliad followed as the fourth seige. The Mexican Army also won this Battle. Though the Mexican Army won this battle, the Texans comprehended it as showing Santa Anna could be cowardly in some fashion.
Fannin, the leader was the last to be killed.
What happened: James Fannin and his army were executed in this traumatic battle. Santa Anna came to Goliad with his army and killed the surrendering group of Texans.
This battle brought more Federalist support from northern Mexico, since they obviously won.
This battle was also known as "The Battle at Coleto Creek.'
This would be the last winning battle for the Mexicans,
it would also be their last credit for glory.
TIP: Think; Are Federalist more common in Mexico or Texas?
BATTLE OF SAN JACINTO (April 21, 1836)
Sam Houston's statue in Huntsville, TX
The finale of the Revolution was the conflict of San Jacinto. As the accomplished engagement of the Revolution, it symbolized ultimate victory for the Texas settlers (now independent), as well as hope for the future.
What Happened: This battle was an ultimate ending high note for Texas.
Sam Houston, one of Texas's greatest political figures, led the Texans against Santa Anna and captured him.
He (Santa Anna) was then forced to sign a document of surrender.
The two armies lined up against one another, charged, and battled for a total of 18 minutes. Texas won!
The Colossal Grand Finale of the Revolution. Texas delt the cards and got the Lucky Hand! The Battle of San Jacinto..
The Surrender of Santa Anna at San Jacinto. Juan oversees the proceedings while the surrender is taking place.
THE BATTLES QUIZ!
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