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Texans and the Battle of San Jacinto
Deep in the heart of Texas history lies the Battle of San Jacinto. The San Jacinto Monument and Museum is part of the San Jacinto Battleground State historical complex maintained by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Every year San Jacinto Day is celebrated on April 21st, to commemorate the date of the San Jacinto Battle that sealed Texas Independence on April 21, 1836. The battle is reenacted and draws a good-sized crowd.
Texans take their state history seriously, maybe more so than any other state. Every spring Texans swarm the historical monuments to remember not only the Alamo but to celebrate the independent spirit that permeates Texas and inspires Texans. Native Texans easily deliver their generational status and, despite the huge influx of folks from other states and countries, it's not impossible to find 5th and 6th generation-Texans.
The San Jacinto Monument rises 570 feet and continues to be a beacon to Texans and a lure to Houstonians who are intrigued by the big state's fight for independence. The battleground park is about an hour's drive from downtown Houston. It's an easy drive and makes for a fun trip. You can pack a lunch or take advantage of the food area with picnic tables. Roam the battleground, visit the museum, wander below the monument by the reflection pool. But whatever you do, make sure you save time to clamber all over the battleship. It's cool. The site is also a National Historic Landmark.
I remember driving out to the state park during my teen years and enjoying the area long before the fancy museum and the addition of the Battleship Texas to the historical mix. Even then it was a great place for a day trip, a picnic, and a visit to the past.
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Remember the Alamo!
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Texas [Official]
On April 21, 1836, Texas won its independence when an outnumbered Texas Army defeated Mexican forces on the plains of San Jacinto. The monument built in remembrance of the battle stands on the flat Texas wetlands along the Houston ship channel. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the history of Texas, a soaring monument to commemorate a small battle with huge consequences. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/fi...
Great book full of photographs that give a sense of the real Houston and the real way of life in Texas.
What's in the San Jacinto Museum of History?
Students of war, pioneer life, and early Texas history will find plenty
Where is the San Jacinto Museum? It's in the base of the monument. Its' full of antiques and art but the real feel of history and place come when you see the mementos and personal items that were held, touched, and used by those who were on the battlefield. These artifacts speak volumes to the museum's visitors.
Is that all there is? No. The focus is not just on that one day and its historical impact but on a wide swath of time going back to the Spanish Conquest. There are books, papers, utensils, firearms, swords and mementos. Plenty to look at. A lot to learn and experience.
Visiting the San Jacinto Battleground Complex - San Jacinto Monument, Museum & Battleship TeXAS
Have you been to the San Jacinto Battleground Complex?
THE RE-ENACTORS OF SAN JACINTO - Promotional clip from a documentary
A :90 second promotional clip from a documentary about the people who keep history alive by re-enacting the battle that won Texas independence on April 21, 1836.
THE RE-ENACTORS OF SAN JACINTO - 1 - Part 1 of documentary
Part 1 of 3 parts of the complete documentary about the people who keep history alive by re-enacting the battle that won Texas independence on April 21, 1836.
THE RE-ENACTORS OF SAN JACINTO - 2 - Part 2 of documentary
In Part Two, visitors learn what life was like in 1836 Texas and about the historical circumstances that started the war for Texas Independence. We also see the "Runaway Scrape," a skirmish the afternoon before the Battle of San Jacinto. Santa Anna explains his reasons for going to war with the Texians
THE RE-ENACTORS OF SAN JACINTO - 3 - Part 3 of documentary
Part Three begins on the morning of April 21, 1836 as Gen. Sam Houston sends scouts to reconnoiter the enemy's strength. We see the reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto and the capture and ultimate surrender of Santa Anna, resulting in Texas Independence.
Books on the Battle of San Jacinto
More Books on Texas History
More on San Jacinto Day and Battle - Explore the entire San Jacinto Battleground historical site
- San Jacinto Monument and Museum
Experience the world's tallest monument tower. Witness revolution in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies. Discover our nation's past among the museum's many exhibits and antiquities. And walk the battlefield that gave birth to the American W
- San Jacinto battleground State Historic Site
Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife site.
- Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site
State's official site where you can watch a video of the battleship.
- The True Story of the Yellow Rose of Texas and the Battle of San Jacinto
How could Houston's group have been so effective against a general who modeled himself after Napolean, with a large, well-running army? In the 1950s a story came out that Santa Anna was distracted from battle.
- San Jacinto Day Festival & Battle Reenactment
Witness the excitement at the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment. The Festival is a full day of music, entertainment, food, games and fun set amidst living history. The Battle Reenactment, the most popular event of the day, dramatizes th