Understanding the Alamo
The Spanish army, the Alamo Company, moved into the vacated mission, and gave it the new name. In 1821, when Mexico declared its independence from Spain, the Mexican residents stayed put. By the time of the Texas Revolution in 1835, this compound was known as The Alamo. It was this large compound that the Texans defended, and died for the cause of Texas Liberty. Texas became the 28th state in 1845, and the arrival of the United States Army brought prosperity to the area. In 1850, the little church finally got a roof and the rounded parapet over the door was built by the Army, which used the barracks and the warehouses and created a depot.
It’s interesting to see this famous antiquity sitting dead center in the middle of the modern busy city of San Antonio. I imagined it along the edge of the desert with cactuses. But, the Alamo compound was there before the city. As the town grew and prospered it grew outward from this compound that was once a walled mission. The city has done a wonderful job of preserving, maintaining, and protecting this structure while millions of Americans wander through it every day. Step into the damp musty enclosure and you walk into 260 years of history.
If you’ve not seen this national treasure, put it on your must-see.