Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

This is Show Family 2: Today we visited the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. It was a beautiful building, made of limestone. The walls were very thick and the doorways seemed very tall to us. This used to be a church and then it was used as a fort. It was easy to imagine lots of people living here together, and it would have been very tight quarters because the place is not very big for the number of people who did share this space.

It was built in the 1700's. Then in 1836, there was a big fight between Mexico and the people that lived in Texas because the people in Texas wanted to be free from Mexico. The people from Texas were inside of this fort during the big fight. Most of the people inside the fort died during this fight. This place is now a memorial for those people.

Other resources related to the Alamo:

Let’s take a look at some of the world events that were happening during that year:

Jan 5th - Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo
Jan 12th - Battle of Wetumka, Fla
Jan 12th - HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin reach Sydney Australia
Feb 3rd - Whig Party holds its 1st national convention (Albany NY)
Feb 25th - Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
Mar 2nd - Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
Mar 5th - Samuel Colt manufactures 1st pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model
Mar 16th - Texas approves a constitution
Mar 17th - Texas abolishes slavery
Mar 23rd - Coin Press invented by Franklin Beale
Mar 27th - 1st Mormon temple dedicated (Kirtland Ohio)
Apr 21st - Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from Mexico
May 16th - Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia.
Jul 13th - US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels
Sep 1st - Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem
Sep 1st - Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington.
Sep 5th - Sam Houston elected president of Republic of Texas
Nov 10th - Louis Napoleon banished to America
Dec 7th - Martin Van Buren elected 8th president
Dec 28th - Spain recognizes independence of Mexico

A map of Texas in 1836


The Alamo Memory Game

Other fun:

Flat Stanley Gallery

History of the Alamo for Kids and by Kids:

Brief History

*Child’s report on the Alamo


The Mystery at the Alamo , *Voices of the Alamo , *Susanna of the Alamo , *The boy in the Alamo ,

*The Story of the Alamo

Unit Studies:

Lesson Plans , *Unit Study on Alamo , *San Antonio Missions Lesson Plans

Coloring Pages:

The Alamo ,*The Alamo and Texas , *Davy Crockett, *Alamo page and some history

Some of the men there:

James Bowie

William B Travis

Davie Crockett

****Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment! How do I leave a comment? Just click on the comment button below!

No comments:

Post a Comment