The Battle For Texas

The Battle For Texas

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  • The Texans Rebel
  • Santa Anna
  • No! Go to jail!
  • Can you make Texas an independent state?
  • Stephen F. Austin
  • The Alamo
  • Get ready to lose - and expect NO MERCY.
  • William Travis
  • No!
  • Victory Or Death
  • Reinforcements are not coming.
  • We need reinforcements.
  • Stephen F. Austin traveled to Mexico in 1833. He asked Santa Anna to make Texas an independent state. However, Santa Anna, a power-hungry dictator, denied the request and sent Austin to prison for "promoting rebellion."
  • The Battle 
  • Uh-oh.
  • In late February 1836, 180 Texan volunteers took over the Spanish mission The Alamo. They were up against 6,000 Mexican fighters. When Santa Anna demanded they surrender, William Travis answered with a cannon shot.
  • Texas Wins Its Independence
  • RUN!
  • Travis sent messages to other towns asking for reinforcements. Unfortunately, they never came. Even without reinforcements, however, he yelled "Victory or death," meaning he would not surrender.
  • To Annex Texas Or Not?
  • The Mexicans had the Alamo surrounded. For 12 days, they fired cannons at it. At dawn on March 6, they stormed the fort. The battle lasted 90 minutes. Finally, Santa Anna ordered his soldiers to execute all of the American defenders, which they did. This decision made the Texans unbelievably angry. 
  • Storm the fort!
  • Sam Houston was the commander of the Texas army. He had a strategy that most people disapproved of. Those people would soon be proven wrong. He lured Santa Anna's troops deeper into Texas, where it would be harder for the Mexicans to get supplies. It worked perfectly, and the passionate Texans overran the Mexicans. Texas won its independence.
  • Texas stayed independent for ten years. Americans were divided over whether or not to add Texas to America. However, James K. Polk believed in manifest destiny. When he was elected president, Congress voted to admit Texas to the United States.
  • Congress has voted to annex Texas! Now it is part of the United States!
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