The battle of Gonzales

The battle of Gonzales

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  • The Battle of Gonzales
  • The Mexican General Domingo de Ugartechea received the wordthat the American colonists of Gonzales refused to surrender a small cannon that had been givento the town, he sent Francisco de Castañeda and 100 soldiers to retrieve it. 
  • When Castañeda's troops reached the Guadalupe River opposite Gonzales on September 29they found their path blocked by high water and eighteen Texian soldiers. Castañeda demanded thereturn of the cannon, but the Texian settlers refused.
  • The cannon was previously hidden in a peach orchard. They dug it up and mounded it on a cart. Because they didn't have cannonballs, so they gathered there metal scraps to fill the cannon.
  • On the night of October 1, Texan troops crossed over the river and towards Castaneda's camp. The Texans raised a homemade flag that said "Come and take it" on the cannon.
  • Despite Castaneda's efforts to stop the war, The Battle of Gonzales marked a BREAK between the American Colonists and the Mexican Government. DECLARING THE VICTORY! The Skirmish (The battle of Gonzales) was the start of the Texas Revolution.
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