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William Barret Travis

lawyer and soldier he commanded the Republic of Texas forces at the Battle of the Alamo

William Wharton

Elected leader convention of 1833

War Party

a party that wanted war

Peace Party

a party that wanted peace

Robert Williamson

supported the war party, aka "three legged willie"

Battle of Gonzales

caused by the Mexicans trying to take a cannon used for defense against Indian attacks. People put a banner that said "Come And Take It" on the cannon. Battle showed Texas was willing to fight Mexico


the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified place and isolates it while continuing to attack

The Consultation

a meeting deciding if Texas should be peaceful, or declare Texas independent (they decided to declare independence)

Attack on San Antonio (Dec. 1835)

Texans attacked Mexicans, General Cos surrendered

Perfecto de Cos

Santa Anna's brother-in-law, general of Mexican troops, surrendered at San Antonio

Erastus Smith

"deaf Smith", caused Grass Fight

James Neil

got command of the Texas army after Francis Johnson went on an expedition to Matamoros

James Fannin

colonel in Texas army who surrendered at Coleto Creek and was massacred at Goliad

David Crockett

Tennessee legend/politician who died at the Alamo

Jose Urrea

sent up Atascosito Road by Santa Anna

James Bowie

had orders to destroy the Alamo, but instead chose to defend it instead

Battle of the Alamo

very important event. Texas lost. defenders: James Bowie, David Crockett, William B. Travis


a fortified military post where troops are stationed


Texas declares independence from Mexico

Susanna Dickinson

wife of a Texas soldier and a survivor of the Siege of the Alamo

Angelina Dickinson

got Travis' ring, daughter of Susanna Dickinson


William Barrett Travis' slave


a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination

Battle of Coleto

Fannin lost against Urrea

Sam Houston

Texan politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to annex it to the United States

Runaway Scrape

when the people of Gonzolas (mostly women and children) learned about Santa Anna's coming to their town and so they burned all of their stuff and ran away during one of the worst winters ever

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