The Alamo, TX
Bahia, Goliad, TX -
November 3, 2009
Goliad and the events here have for the most
part been lost to mainstream history and pushed aside by the Battle of
the Alamo. But it was near here on March 27, 1836 (Nine days after
the Alamo) that 342 Texan survivors of the Battle of Coleto were
executed by the Mexican Army under the direct orders of Santa Anna.
It should be noted that the commander of the Mexican forces tried in
vain to get the order reversed and the Mexican soldiers themselves did
not want to take part. But orders are orders. It should be
noted that Santa Anna had made it clear that anyone taking up arms
against him would be considered a pirate, and during this time period of
history pirates were put to death. While the massacre here in
Goliad was a driving factor in the battle of San Jacinto a month later
along with the battle of the Alamo Goliad has been lost in history.
The story of the Alamo is a lot more exciting with big names like Davy
Crockett and Jim Bowie and it a lot more accessible in downtown San
Antonio. One has to make a special trip to Goliad but it is well
Fort Bahia in my opinion
due to the location and the reconstruction of the fort in the 1966 this
is a more interesting and natural history site than the Alamo.
In October 9, 1835 Texans
attached for Bahia and defeated the Mexican garrison at the fort.
December 20, 1835 the first Declaration of Independence was signed here.
Lots of good history.
Looking north along the west wall.
Looking east along the south wall.
The main entrance.
The Presidio Bahia goes all the way back to
1749 and was restored in 1966.
The first flag of Texas Independence with an arm cut off holding a
Looking NW over the center of the fort. Before the survivors of
the Battle of Coleto were killed they were kept inside the fort in this
area. While most of them marched to another location (The actually
thought they were being sent free.) to be shot 39 were shot here.
The chapel is not a rebuild. It is
The cannon is on the NW corner in front of the chapel.
Across the street from the Presidio is the General Ignacio Zaragosa who
lead an volunteer army against Santa Anna, who was again in control of
Mexico, in 1855 for Mexican Independence. What I thought
interesting or maybe disturbing was that when I asked the lady in the
fort about this house she wouldn't talk about it. There is still a
divide between the Anglos and Hispanics in Texas.
This memorial and burial site is located to the SE of the fort.
This wall is similar to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. Or
was this the inspiration for the Vietnam Memorial?
Looking NW at the Presidio Bahia from the Memorial.
The Alamo, TX