Remember the Alamo?

Not really. I’m not Texan, nor have I seen any of the movies about it. I have no clue what happened at the Alamo or why it was so important.

So when I visited San Antonio, Texas recently, I happened to stay at the Emily Morgan Hotel, which sits directly across the street from this self-proclaimed Texas shrine, the “cradle of Texas liberty.” Walking past the impressive chapel front several times a day, I finally decided I should go in and find out what it was all about.

Without going into all the details, I learned that, in 1836, a small band of Texans held out for 13 days in this former Spanish mission against the forces of the Mexican General Santa Anna. It ended in the utter defeat and death of most who were within (including legendary folk hero Davy Crockett) because no help arrived in time.

So why was it designated as the birthplace of Texas? Apparently, the slaughter that took place there was so heinous, that it became the tipping point to inspire Texans to rout the Mexican forces and claim independence.

So “Remember the Alamo!” refers to the battle cry that spurred on the Texas army to defeat the Mexicans a month later in the Battle of San Jacinto. Basically, they lost the battle here, but won the war.