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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jan 2020 8:38 p.m. PST


"In March 1836, Mexican forces overran the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, achieving victory over those who had declared Texas' independence from Mexico just a few weeks earlier. Although nearly everyone at the Alamo was killed or captured, Texas achieved independence when Sam Houston won an unlikely victory at the Battle of San Jacinto the following month.

Mexico which had easily won victory at the Alamo soon faced an America that had annexed Texas and was becoming a major player on the world stage. How did once-dominant Mexico lose the Mexican-American War?…"
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SpuriousMilius17 Jan 2020 10:51 a.m. PST

Why Mexico lost Texas at San Jacinto & the Mexican American War?
A dictator named Santa Anna.

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Jan 2020 11:16 a.m. PST


That's a serious part of it, but the causes go much deeper into Mexican society, racism, regionalism, corruption, and almost everything that could guarantee ultimate diaster for any country.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2020 11:15 a.m. PST

Totally agree!….


Sargonarhes18 Jan 2020 4:08 p.m. PST

Interesting, so Mexico's defeat was not a question of if but when.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP19 Jan 2020 10:20 p.m. PST

The explanation that I heard was that we didn't win the war…Mexico lost it.

Historydude1822 Jan 2020 6:59 p.m. PST

They won the Alamo because they were better trained, better equipped, and outnumbered the defenders by like ten to one. Plus the Alamo was too big to be adequately defended by 180-250 Texans. It's a no brainer why the Alamo was a Mexican victory but I do not know why they lost EVERY battle of the Mexican-American War or how they were so terribly defeated at San Jacinto. I mean, they outnumbered the Texans there.

StarCruiser25 Jan 2020 8:38 a.m. PST

San Jacinto was won by Texas because – quite simply – we attacked early while Santa Ana sat on his ass (overconfidence being his undoing).

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