To help your students understand the timeline of the Texas Revolution, you may want to walk through the events day by day from the beginning of the siege on the Alamo (February 24) until San Jacinto Day (April 21). When the Texians flexed their muscles and seized control of the colonial capital, Santa Anna’s army marched into San Antonio on February 24, 1836 to take it back. They
On February 21, 1836 Samuel Colt was granted a U.S. patent for his “revolving gun.” The Colt Revolver changed history, but not before Colt abandoned the project as a hopeless dream.
February 21, 1794 was the birth day of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, dictator of Mexico. As we head into Texas History month--that time when we remember the Texas Revolution from the Siege of the Alamo to victory at San Jacinto--it's important to understand a bit about the man. Elevated to the office of President of Mexico in 1833, Santa Anna was the consummate politician. He was
Against the orders of the Governor of Cuba, Hernando Cortez set sail for Mexico on 18 February 1519. Perhaps he chose that day because the weather was fine and he wanted to get an early start before the Spring storms. More likely, he left quickly so that he could at least pretend that he was unaware of the governor’s orders recalling the expedition. Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda set sail
Life was hard on the Texas frontier, and 1200 miles lay between colonial Texas and Mexico City. Even if a man managed to survive the hardships, disease, and Indian attacks, he could still work himself to death . . . and many did. What would happen to their families if they did not survive?
A Southern Pacific Railroad crew, laying a ribbon of steel and cross ties eastward from El Paso, founded a little town in Jeff Davis County on February 14, 1882 and named it Valentine, Texas.
Father Miguel Hidalgo’s admirers–or maybe his enemies–nicknamed him “El Zorro” (the fox). Though Hidalgo was not the inspiration for the fictional hero of that name (who supposedly lived in California), the true “Zorro” may be even more legendary.
The Confederate States of America was organized on February 9, 1861.
Sometimes students (and teachers) get the mid-winter blahs. Maybe things got a little crazy after Thanksgiving as you tried to find time for school and holidays. Excited students have trouble focusing. Then after Christmas it can take a while to get back on schedule. A field trip might be just the change of pace you need to rejuvenate your enthusiasm, and Spring is a great time of
February 3, 1959 That’s “the day the music died” according to Don McLean’s 1971 hit “American Pie.” The cryptic lyrics of the song refer to the Buddy Holly, a native of Lubbock, Texas, who has been hailed as “the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll.”