Texas Freedom

April 1, 2005 by  
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Every day, Houstonians make the commute to the San Jacinto Monument and are reminded of the battle that changed the destiny of Texas and its history. It was a battle where cries of “Remember the Alamo!” were heard and General Sam Houston defeated the Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

On April 21, 1836, in only 18 minutes, Texas was free from Mexican rule. The Battle of San Jacinto, for Mexico, was the loss of approximately a million square miles of territory and, for Texas, led to its annexation into the United States.

According to the San Jacinto Museum, “As a result, almost a third of what is now the United States of America changed ownership.” To experience the full impact of the battle, the San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park will host a re-enactment and festival on April 23. More than 200 people will depict General Sam Houston and the Texians (as they were called), defeating Santa Anna and the Mexican army 169 years ago.

Take a journey back in time to learn what it was like to live in 1836. There will be a full day of food, demonstrations and entertainment. For more information, call (281) 479-2421 or visit www.sanjacinto-museum.org. H

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