The Alamo (center), Cradle of Texas Liberty. Built in 1718 by Franciscan Monks. Texas under Six Flags - french, 1685; Spanish, 1690; Mexico, 1821-36; Texas, 1836-46; Confederate, 1861-65; Union, 1865. Blue bonnets the Texas flower. At the battle of the Alamo, the Texas force consisted of some 180 odd men, commanded by Col. Wm. B. Travis, and including Bonham, Crockett, Bowie, and, afterwards, Sam Houston avenged the terrible massacre, at the battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, near Houston, Texas. "Remember the Alamo," the battle cry. "Theropylae had its messenger of defeat: The Alamo had none."
W. R. Elliot