This week on March 2nd, Texas will be celebrating it's Independence Day from Mexico. March 2nd is the day we drafted our Declaration of Independence from Mexico in the little shack in Washington-on-the-Brazos. Soon after, the Alamo would fall and soon after that, Texas would defeat Mexico.
Had the people at the Alamo not sacrificed their lives, it would not have given the those at Washington-on-the-Brazos time to draft our Texas Declaration of Independence. Also, the Alamo became the rallying cry for those who fought at San Jacinto...an impetus for them to continue fighting even against an army several times their size.
Long story short, no Texas Independence, no Texas getting annexed as a state, no Mexican-American war and no western half of the United States. Your welcome California.
We got the opportunity to not only visit the Battlefield of San Jacinto, but we got the chance to also tour the Battleship Texas.
This battleship is one of few to serve in both WWI and WWII. After all the "new" battleships were sunk in Pearl Harbor, the Battleship Texas became one of the most important battleships in WWII. She served in both the European front and the Pacific front, also serving at the flagship for D-Day. What I found super cool, was she didn't get hit during D-Day. The Germans built the guns on the beach thinking the Allies would use their "new" battleships...battleships that were taller than the old ones. Because the Texas was shorter, their guns couldn't aim down far enough to hit her. This gave her the opportunity to destroy many of their defenses and give the Allies the cover they needed to make it up the beach.
Enjoy this small tour of the monuments!