This series of posts celebrates Texas: The Beginning, a field trip resource for lovers of Texas history. The Battle of Gonzales on October 2, 1835 was a small skirmish, really. Only 18 men with a tiny cannon. Only one Mexican soldier was killed. But it only takes a spark to start a forest fire when the tinder is dry! Because Texans did not trust their government, the shots fired on
Texas: The Beginning is the brainchild of a small group of history buffs and influential businessmen who have come together to preserve the historical important of Gonzales as a prequel to the Alamo. They tell “the rest of the story”, and it’s a fascinating beginning, indeed! Please consider this field trip resource as a possible "Stay-cation" for your history-loving family! :)
As you know, I'm a HUGE fan of field trips. Texas has so many excellent museums, festivals, and historic places of interest to visit! One of my favorites is the Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio. If you're looking for a terrific way to wrap up your year's study of Discover Texas History, this event would be a great idea! The Institute of
Sam Houston's Texas Army has on the move for almost two weeks, but their progress has been slow due to heavy rains that had swollen each creek that must be crossed and reduced the roads to mud. (Remember 1836 was an unusually cold year!) On March 27 they will arrive at San Felipe de Austin--the colony granted to Moses Austin and set up by his son, Stephen F. Austin. Until very
I have been remiss! Allow me to amend the record of Texas Road to Revolution. Because we celebrate March 2 as Texas Independence Day, it's easy to overlook a very important event that happened on March 1, 1836--the arrival of the ONLY responders to Col. William B. Travis' urgent letter of appeal, 32 brave souls from the small town of Gonzales, home of the "Come and Take It" flag and the
While Travis, Crockett, and Bowie were penned up inside the Alamo, other Texas patriots met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to draft and sign Texas' Declaration of Independence. They appointed Sam Houston as General of the Texas Army. When the Alamo fell, Sam Houston was in Gonzales, just to the east, gathering his army. He sent Erastus "Deaf" Smith back toward San Antonio to spy out
March 6th is a somber day for Texans. On this day in 1836 the Mexican president Santa Anna--who had recently tossed out the Constitution, declared himself dictator, and set out with military force to disarm the people of Mexico--attacked his own citizens in the besieged Alamo mission, killing almost everyone inside. It was a horrendous injustice, but the Alamo defenders held out
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.
If you homeschool in the Central Texas area or in the Hill Country, we'd love to see you at the 26th Annual FEAST Home School Convention in San Antonio this weekend, June 9-11!
Here are some holiday displays you won’t want to miss! November 25-December 31 A feature city in the annual Trail of Lights that reaches through the Pineywoods into northern Louisiana, the Wonderland of Lights in Marshall, Texas is the granddaddy of them all! Crowned with over 10 million lights, the display begins when Santa Clause arrives at 5:30 the night before Thanksgiving.