Yesterday, we went to the San Jacinto Monument.
This commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas convincingly defeated the Mexican Army and won its independence from Mexico. The battle cry during this 18-minute slaughter was “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!”
About 600 Mexicans were killed and only 2 Texans were killed on the field of battle (about 6 or 7 died later of their wounds) and maybe 20 or so were wounded.
But this battle didn’t just have significance for Texas, which later joined the United States. It had far greater consequences. If the Texans had not won this battle, a large amount of US territory would currently belong to Mexico. I can’t recall all the details from the film we saw at the monument yesterday, but the whole story has really piqued my interest, so I may post on it with more details later on.
Today, the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site commemorates the battle and includes the San Jacinto Monument, the world’s tallest memorial column, at 570 feet (170 m). The park is located in La Porte, about 25 miles (40 km) southeast of downtown Houston. The monument contains an inscription, part of which reads:
“Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican-American War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of the states of Texas, New Mexico,Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Almost one-third of the present area of the American Nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty.”
As you can see, the monument itself is pretty impressive! It’s about 50 stories high and we went up to the observation deck there. Houston looks more interesting and impressive from up there! I was very interested to get a good look at the bayou too.