Battle of Gonzales
THE FIRST SHOT OF THE TEXAS REVOLUTION
"OOPS." - DOMINGO DE UGARTECHEA
When a military commander in Texas, Domingo de Ugartechea, learned that the American colonists of Gonzales refused to give back a small cannon that had been given that settlement in 1831 as a weapon to protect them against the Indians, he told Francisco de Castaneda and 100 dragoons to get it back. The commander realized that since the U.S. colonists did not like Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, taking back the cannon might make the colonists mad. He told Castaneda to force the colonists to give them the cannon if necessary but to avoid fighting.
Colonists Get Feisty
Legend has it that the Texans buried the cannon under a peach tree. Although that may not be true, we do know that the colonists rebelled against the Mexicans.