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Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Texas Revolution


Gonzales Museum
Gonzales Museum

FROM TEJAS TO TEXAS

Everyone remembers the Battle of the Alamo, the famous but failed attempt by Texans to hold their line of defense in our fight for independence. But what about the Fredonian Rebellion, the Grass Fight, the siege of Bexar, the Goliad Massacre, and the Runaway Scrape? By the end of the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, the final confrontation that terminated Mexico's power over Texas immigrants and settlers (Anglo and Hispanic alike), a litany of skirmishes, negotiations, conventions, executions, and instrumental detonations had occurred on our way to becoming a Republic. Texas history provides a wellspring of valor, tragedy, and victory within its full-bodied narrative but perhaps our greatest drama of all resides in the Texas Revolution-our aggressive move away from perceived tyranny towards freedom. Today, we can trace the tracks of the Revolution within the three-acre compound of Presidio La Bahia in Goliad and the nearby Fannin Battleground, within the walls of Independence Hall in Washington-on-the-Brazos, inside the Gonzales Memorial Museum, and behind the wooden doors of the most recognized fortress of all-the Alamo in San Antonio.

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Read more about the Texas Revolution in the Handbook of Texas Online.