Alamo, which means "Cottonwood" in Spanish, is an 8th-century Franciscan mission in San Antonio, Texas, USA, which was the location of a historic attempt of rebellion by a small group of determined rebels fighting for Texan Independence in 1836 from Mexico.
The building was previously the chapel of the San Antonio de Valero mission which was established by Franciscans between 1716 and 1718. The operation had been abandoned by the end of the century, and the structures fell to partial ruin. After 1801, Spanish troops occasionally inhabited the chapel. It was apparently during this time that the old chapel was popularly known as "the Alamo" because of the cottonwood trees grove where it stood.
During the siege, the 1836 Convention gathered together newly elected delegates from across Texas. The delegates proclaimed their independence on March 2, establishing the Republic of Texas. Four days later, the convention delegates received a dispatch which Travis wrote on March 3, warning of his dire condition. Unaware of the collapse of the Alamo, Robert Potter called for the convention to immediately adjourn and march to relieve the Alamo. Sam Houston persuaded the delegates to live in Washington-on - the-Brazos to draft a constitution. Houston traveled to Gonzales to take command of the 400 volunteers who were still waiting for Fannin to lead them to the Alamo, having been named supreme commander of all Texian forces. Given their defeats at the Alamo, the Texas Mexican army nevertheless outnumbered the Texan army by about six to one. Santa Anna believed that knowledge of the difference in numbers of troops and the fate of the Texan soldiers at the Alamo would quench the opposition, and Texan soldiers would leave the territory easily. After the war, Santa Anna was regarded alternately as a national hero or a pariah. Mexican views of the battle also reflected the dominant point of view. Upon his defeat at the Battle of San Jacinto, Santa Anna was disgraced, and many Mexican accounts of the battle were written by people who had been or had become his vocal opponents. Close to 200 Texas defenders protected the Alamo from about 2,500 of Mexico's troops of General Santa Anna for 13 days in 1836. William Travis, James Bowie, and David Crockett, the most famous of the defenders, died battling daunting odds to freedom.
Visitors are today welcomed to rediscover the jewel of Texas heritage, stroll around the 4.2-acre complex and Alamo Gardens, and head back down to the River Stroll for local dining, shopping and entertainment experiences.
If you want to book a tour to The Alamo with your family, you can make your reservations from their official website. All tour bookings are to be made 24 hours in advance of the tour time requested. When you do not see a particular date or time available this means that pre-booked spots are no longer available. Ticket day is accessible at the Alamo Welcome Center on a first come first serve basis beginning at 9:00 AM CT. Day of public tour reservations are not given over the phone. Tour prices can change according to season. Children on the Guided Tour will not get a headset for free. To get a headset you need to buy a Child ticket for them to get one.
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