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The Alamo in San Antonio, TXThe early beginning - the Alamo - 24 February 1836

William Barret Travis and almost two hundred other defenders found themselves surrounded at the Alamo Mission in San Antonio in late February of 1836. Refusing to surrender, they held off the invading armies of Mexican Dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna for almost two weeks.

On March 6, the courageous Texans were overrun and slaughtered by well over 2000 Mexicans. The resulting delay of Santa Anna's eastward movement gave other Texans more time to organize, both politically and militarily, and to ultimately defeat and capture Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, fought April 21, 1836.

The name Texas is derived from tejas or teyas, the rendering by the Spanish in the mid-16th century of the Caddo people's word for friends or allies. It gradually became used to denote the region north of the Río Grande and east of New Mexico, and was officially applied as Texas when the area was organized as a republic in 1836. Texas was an independent republic until it joined the Union on December 29, 1845, as the 28th state. Its single-star flag dates from its independent period and has given Texas the nickname the Lone Star State.

Texas is so vast and diverse we offer a few of the best resources for Internet information. 

Texas Highways - published monthly by the Travel and Information Division of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Population trends are detailed, followed by what may be the most complete list ever compiled of Texas towns, cities, communities and villages. This list of more than 14,000 Texas town names, includes not only the 5,800 existing towns, but also the names of towns that no longer exist and early names of existing towns. Since the list includes the counties in which these towns were located, it is a treasure for genealogists researching family history in Texas.

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