In Texas, Antonio López de Santa Anna is most notably known for defeating heroic men such as, James Bowie and Davy Crockett, in a thirteen day war, at the Alamo, a former french mission in 1836. What uninformed readers may not know is that Santa Anna ruled through eleven presidential terms, a combined total of twenty-two years. In this research paper, readers will be informed about the early life of Santa Anna, the wars he fought in, and his impact on Texas. Antonio López de Santa Anna was born in Vera Cruz, on February 21, 1794. Santa Anna’s parents were Antonio Lafaye de Santa Anna and Manuela Perez de Lebron.
(pg. 345-348) This book shows that there is much more to the “story” of the Alamo than what is flashed onto the big screen. Many of the details surrounding the main events have now been combined together in an eye-opening way.
In the beginning Texas had a winning streak taking Mexico by surprise in the first couple of battles. They announced their revolution at the Battle of Gonzales where they refused to give up a cannon and simply said “come and take it”. After the Battle of Gonzales the Texan army was feeling mighty powerful. They won multiple Battles including one of the most
“The fighting in Bexar raged with a house-to-house assault unlike anything the Mexican army had before experienced” (Lee, n.d.). General Cos’ surrendered from the Alamo on December 9, 1835 with 200 of his men dead and many more wounded. The Mexican surrender and the siege of the Alamo brought immediate retaliation from Santa Anna. He quickly assembled a force of 8,000 men and pushed mercilessly towards Texas. He was determined to crush all opposition and teach the Texans a lesson (Lee,
According to President James Polk, “Mexico had passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil.” (Document B) Clearly, this document shows that an affair with the Mexicans inside the border of America caused Americans to become injured and killed. According to Jesus Velasco-Marquez, “Thus occupying the territory in dispute and increasing the possibilities of a confrontation… In the eyes of the [Mexican] government, the mobilization of the US army was an outright attack on Mexico…” (Document C)
Lack goes a notch higher in helping the readers not only understand the history but also key problems that characterized it but were not necessarily discussed in most historical analyses. For example, Lack argues that most historians have, for a long time, been unable to understand the deeply rooted chaotic character of the war for Texan Independence. Furthermore, he remarks that with its military insubordination, internal disagreements, class, racial and ethnic tension make the Texas war for independence very unique. So in-depth is Lack’s analysis and perspectives that he ultimately implies that it is likely that their Texans owed their successes in fighting for independence more to promising circumstances rather than their own effort, commitment and organization (Lack
“Texas will again lift its head and stand among the nations’. Says Sam Houston when the fight for Texas independence began (Texas revolution). At the battle of Gonzales on October 1835, Sam Houston played a major role in fighting for independence, he lead the soldiers of Texas through the battles of gaining independence. He is a politician and a soldier, he was born at timber ridge plantation. On March 11th he joined in at the battle of Gonzales.
Sam Houston was constantly sending out runners for reconnaissance reports on the position of the Mexican army and how many men were in the camp. He knew the land and what area’s to avoid because of flooding. Retreating when the Mexican army got near was Sam’s way of using time on his side. Sam knew it was just a matter of time before he would be forced to fight the Mexican army.
Since the Mexican people were not able to vote when Santa Anna gave away Texas, they felt as if the US took advantage of them when Santa Anna was president. Mexico did not see the war as a dual sided conflict. To Mexico, the war was an invasion of the weaker by the stronger, and at a time when Mexico was vulnerable
30 citizens had their lives saved. The Alamo resulted in a Mexican victory. The Goliad Massacre was arranged by Jose Urrea and Santa Anna. Mexicans were attacking small groups of Texans, then working up to a big group.
The Broken Spears, by Miguel Leon-Portilla, is an all-inclusive and compelling account of the Spanish conquest, told by the Aztecs also known as the conquered. Leon Portilla’s choice of events depicted in this book collides together giving the reader a broad view of the Spanish conquest. This book gives a history of emotional and spiritual human experiences, allowing the readers to comprehend, and relate to the Aztecs as they went through terror and faced their fears. This book provides an extensive amount of details concerning lack of leadership, bias and technological hardship that led to the Aztec defeat. After reading this book the reader will start to understand how and why the Aztecs suffered .
He presents his opinions based on facts and reasoning, and enlightens his readers with many truths that had been buried and hidden behind false beliefs. While digging deeper into myths surrounding the Alamo, Crisp uncovers hidden truths involving other historian’s information about facts like Davy Crockett’s memorable death (p. 65), the misquoted Houston speech (p. 49), and the validity of the de le Peña
Situated near the U.S.-Mexico border during the early twentieth century is the fictional setting of Fort Jones, the outskirts of which is where Americo Paredes’ short story “Macaria’s Daughter” takes place. Emblematic of the disappropriation of Mexican land, as well as the increased marginalization of the Mexican people, the overbearing presence of Fort Jones reveals the struggle for preservation that characterizes the Mexican-American community of the story. “Macaria’s Daughter” is the tragic account of what happens in a small community when the upholding of Mexican values and institutions, and opposition to Anglo-American culture, become more important than a young woman’s life. In this essay, I will argue that “Macaria’s Daughter” is a text
Although the United States war against Mexico resulted in the gaining of America’s most valuable land, the war itself wasn’t legitimate because of the revolution in Texas, motivation for superiority, and the U.S. government’s actions. To begin, the Texans began an unreasonable war because they didn’t follow Mexico’s laws and conditions. When Mexico started selling cheap land, they set conditions for the people moving in. The people had to convert to Catholicism, learn Spanish, become a Mexican citizen, and have no slaves. Many Americans didn’t like being told what to do, and disobeyed the rules and laws.
The fictional story, “Tell Them Not to Kill Me,” contains literary elements within the story such as point of view, setting, flashback, irony, symbolism, imagery, diction, and metaphor. Which fit well with theme of the story that is death and vigilante justice. The aim of this paper is to go in depth about the characters in the story as well as the theme and literary elements within the story. The literary elements covered in the analysis starts with point of view, setting, flashback, irony, symbolism, imagery, diction, and metaphor all the while reinforcing the theme of the story which is death.