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This is a flyer explaining the significance of the Alamo. Specifically, the impact it had on the Manifest Destiny. Even though texans lost in the Alamo, For Texans, the battle of the Alamo became an endurance symbol of their heroic resistance to oppression and their struggle for independence, which they won later that year.
- The Alamo first became relevant during the Texas revolution, when 189 men bravely fought against the Mexican Army led by Santa Anna, costing all of their lives. These soldiers served as martyrs for the Texan rebels who adopted the battle cry "Remember the Alamo" in their honor at the Battle of San Jacinto, where Sam Houston won Texan independence. Following that independence, Rexas was in finial debt, which led to the US to annex it. The annexation of Texas led to people believing in the Manifest destiny as Texas was a huge chunk of land putting The US closer to the west coast than ever. The fever for war was so huge, the president intentionally provoked a war with Mexico to gain the rest of the needed territory to reach the Pacific Ocean.
- There were around 600 Mexican casualties, more than 3x the number of men defending the Alamo, showing the skill with which the Texan rebels fought in this hopeless battle.
- The Alamo might very well be the tipping point of Westward Expansion, the courage that the soldiers had in the fort despite the overwhelming odds inspired the army to win in their honor, which led to the annexation and "fever" that spread afterwards, the US would certainly have spread anyways, but it would have taken much longer to do so.