Monday, August 9, 2010

The Alamo Was Built By The Jesuits

At San Antonio, where I spent some time, there is much of interest. The first thing shown a stranger is the Alamo, which is an old ruin, built in 1718 by the Jesuit missionaries for converting and civilizing the Indians and used as a stronghold by the Texans in the siege of 1836 against the Mexicans. David Crockett, Daniel Boone, Robert Evans and William Travis, with 144 men, held the fort for ten days and nights against Santa Anna with 4,000 picked soldiers from the Mexican army, who at last scaled the walls and butchered the starving besieged.
Link (here) to read the travelogue.  
Painting entitled, "Dawn at the Alamo" 

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