In the fight for Texas independence, what most people do not know is that Hispanics played a role in this fight for freedom. They fought and died in most of the major battles but for some reason have not received the recognition they deserved. They fought and died in the Alamo Captain Juan Seguin and his men fought at the Battle of San Jacinto where General Santa Anna was defeated and Texas was freed. There is a long list of Hispanic men who gave their lives for Texas.
General Santa Anna dissolve the Mexican congress and proclaimed himself dictator which started the states in Mexico to revolt. Texas was just one of the states that did not appreciate having their rights taken away or contract broken. It was not only the Anglos that were going to have to pay more in taxes or have their arms taken, everyone no matter what color would be subject to these new laws. Laws that inspired everyone to take up arms against Mexico and fight for Texas independence. This is history that is not usually taught in high school it is not until you reach the university level that you begin to learn the real story.
Traveling the Texas independence trail would make an ideal weekend trip. History becomes fun when you can get the true picture of what happened so many years ago. If starting from Austin, it would be suggested to start in Gonzales where the first shots were fired. Travel the trail all the way to the San Jacinto battle ground where the final battle was fought a monument has been built to honor all those who died in this battle. However the trail does not end there; it circles back around to Gonzales including cities of Victoria, Goliad, San Antonio, Seguin, Lockhart, Galveston, Port Lavaca, Floresville, Bastrop, La Porte, Texas City, Baytown, and Houston. We should remember the Alamo but also remember all of those who fought and died for Texas independence.
One year after the fall of the Alamo now
Colonel Juan Nepomuceno Seguin’s
Alamo Defenders’ Burial Oration
Columbia (Later Houston)
Telegraph and Texas Register April 4, 1837
“There are your brothers, Travis, Bowie, Crockett, and others whose valor places them in the rank of my heroes.” Yes soldiers and fellow citizens, these are the worthy beings who, by the twists of fate, during the present campaign delivered their bodies to the ferocity of their enemies; who, barbarously treated as beasts, were bound by their feet and dragged to this spot, where they were reduced to ashes. The venerable remains of our worth companions as witnesses, I invite you to declare to the entire world, “Texas shall be free and independent or we shall perish in glorious combat.”