By Robert Scott
After the Alamo is going past renowned delusion and folklore to discover the occasions and painting the heroes (and the cowards) of the Texas struggle for Independence. whereas Texans have been as a rule unsatisfied with their Mexican govt in 1835, such a lot of them didn't want a innovative warfare opposed to Santa Anna. even supposing there have been scattered violence within the territory, it was once purely after a band of often outsiders was once slaughtered in their well-known protection of the Alamo that Texans even tried to set up formal competition. Then they wound up with governors and 4 army commanders, all at odds with each other. it'll take numerous extra tragedies--at San Patricio, Refugio, and Goliad--to ultimately weld the Texans right into a unmarried- minded humans prepared to provide every little thing for his or her independence. on the heart of this epic fight used to be James Walker Fannin-- useless, indecisive, potentially cowardly, and at the same time heroic. was once he a hero or a villain? This ebook probes this seldom- mentioned Texas tale in heart-wrenching element after which leaves the choice to you
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Many of the Texans had settled on land given them by Mexico in the first place and thus had a natural loyalty to the Mexican government. A majority of the settlers also had no real difficulty with Mexican rule. For the most part, the Mexican government gave the settlers some land and then left the Texans alone. The land was far from Mexico City and was too thinly populated to warrant a great deal of Mexico City's attention, which meant the settlers enjoyed great freedom to do almost anything they wanted.
Apparently the Texas Council hoped an attack against the Alamo would follow the pattern of the other early confrontationsa quick Mexican retreat as soon as the Texans came calling. They also believed a victory at the Alamo would make it absolutely clear to Santa Anna that the Texans were serious in all their demands. The exact Texan demands remained somewhat cloudy, even to those promoting revolt. It appears that even at this point many Texas settlers hoped the confrontations would merely cause the Mexican government to be more responsive to their needs for schools and other government services, while others clearly were already fighting for independence.
Virtually no one was left to fight the Mexicans, nor did anyone want to. Had Santa Anna simply been satisfied with the punishment already inflicted, victory was his. Unfortunately for the Mexicans, Santa Anna was like other despots throughout history; he was a vain, arrogant, and stubborn man. He was not satisfied with mere victory; he wanted to inflict punishment on everyone he believed was in opposition to him. Instead of accepting his victory, Santa Anna set out to find and crush everyone whom he believed was his enemy.
After the Alamo by Robert Scott