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.
Since the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired in Gonzales, Texas, it is perhaps fitting that it was also in Gonzales, Texas that Sam Houston gathered his army. After the Convention of 1836 declared Texas independent at Washington-on-the-Brazos, they appointed Houston Major General of the Texas Republican Army. Houston arrived in Gonzales on March 11, 1836 to organize his
Susannah Dickenson is one of Gonzales' best known citizens, and one whose story has long intrigued me. Born in Tennessee about 1814, little is known about Susanna Wilkerson until she married Almaron Dickinson on May 24, 1829. She was only 15 years old; he, 28. Within two years, the young couple was on their way to Texas where Almaron was granted a league of land on the San Marcos
Green DeWitt received permission from the Mexican government to establish a colony of 400 families in Texas in 1825, making him an empresario, but it was seven years later before the selected town site of Gonzales was surveyed. The city plan, laid out and approved in Mexico City, was typical of colonial Mexican towns. Main avenues, named in honor of Catholic saints, were arranged
Just before sunset on February 23, 1836, Launcelot Smithers slipped out of the Alamo and spurred his horse 76 miles to Gonzales. He carried a note from Col. Travis to Alcalde Ponton: The enemy in large force is in sight. We want men and provisions. Send them to us. We have 150 men and are determined to defend the Alamo to the last. Give us assistance. P.S. Send an express to San Felipe
How many patriots does it take to make a difference? In Texas, it was only 18. That's how many men went out to meet over 100 Mexican dragoons who came to take their weapons. We're not exactly sure what role they played that first day. Some say they fired the first shot of the revolution. Some say they were only watchmen and guards. No matter. They defended their principles.
Alcalde was the title of the government official who acted as mayor of towns in early Texas. I wish I could tell you that the Hotel Alcalde in Gonzales is named for the last alcalde of the town, but it's not. Aref Droupy, who built the hotel in 1926, chose the name because it reminded him of a courtyard he once visited at a little villa in Mexico City. In its own right, the Hotel
Gonzales, capital city of the DeWitt Colony, was named in honor of Rafael Gonzales, Governor of the Mexican state of Coahuila Y Tejas. Gonzales was born in San Fernando de Béxar in 1789. He trained as a military cadet and, as a second lieutenant, was stationed to the presidio at Monclova (Coahuila) in 1814. A career military officer, he risked his career by joining the Mexican