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Tango0110 Apr 2017 4:00 p.m. PST

"SAN JACINTO, birthplace of Texas liberty! … San Jacinto, one of the world's decisive battles! . . . San Jacinto, where, with cries of "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" Sam Houston and his ragged band of 910 pioneers routed Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, President and Dictator of Mexico and self-styled "Napoleon of the West," with his proud army, and changed the map of North America!

Here is a story that has thrilled Texans for more than a century … a story of desperate valor and high adventure; of grim hardship, tragedy and romance … the story of the epochal battle that established the independent Lone Star Republic, on April 21, 1836, and indelibly inscribed the names of Texas patriots on history's scroll of American immortals.

The actual battle of San Jacinto lasted less than twenty minutes, but it was in the making for six years. It had its prelude in the oppressive Mexican edict of April 6, 1830, prohibiting further emigration of Anglo-Americans from the United States to Texas; in the disturbance at Anahuac and in the battle of Velasco, in 1832; in the imprisonment of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," in Mexico in 1834. Immediate preliminaries were the skirmish over a cannon at Gonzales; the capture of Goliad; the "Grass Fight," and the siege and capture of San Antonio . . . all in 1836. The Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836, officially signalized the revolution…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 4:34 p.m. PST

I can't believe I live less than 50 miles away from the site and I've never visited.

Dan

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

..its a nice battlefield ..not to big..and you can visit the USS Texas also.

Tango0111 Apr 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

You have to go there Dan…! (smile)


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Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

A "must see" for Texians.

jdpintex11 Apr 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

a pilgrimage to either the Alamo or San Jacinto is required of all Texans.

We let carpetbaggers in with a fee, as they don't let us shoot them any more.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2017 4:53 p.m. PST

Been to the Alamo more than a dozen times, and to Monument Hill* (near La Grange), and many other Texan Independence sites, but never got the chance to see San Jacinto. Something always got in the way of the plans.

Dan
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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

I haven't been in some years, but I remember the battlefield as being quite changed since 1836 (ship channel dredging and other alterations to the landscape) and badly marked, making it difficult to visualize events and find exact locations of deployments and movements. Perhaps things are different now?

Haitiansoldier20 Apr 2017 7:36 a.m. PST

I've been to San Jacinto, and was pretty disappointed. The museum was the best part, but the film focused mostly on the entire revolution and not the battle. The gift shop had nothing on the battle itself, but tons of books on the Alamo and Texas history in general. The monument is impressive, but the battlefield has only a few markers.
The Alamo is a must see, and Palo Alto is really nice too, but I just didn't like San Jacinto.

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