60 Interesting Facts About Alamo

Facts About Alamo: The Alamo or Fort Alamo or Mission San Antonio de Valero, are the names given to the former Spanish mission-turned-improvised fortress in San Antonio, Texas, made famous by the siege of Fort Alamo. Today it is included in the Alamo Plaza Historic District.

The usual name Álamo derives from a troop of one hundred lancers sent to San Antonio de Valero in 1803 to fight against the raids of the Native Americans and to escort the convoys. It bore the name of Segunda Compañía volante de San Carlos de Parras and previously held its headquarters in San José y Santiago del Álamo de Parras. The inhabitants of Béxar abbreviated its name to Compañía del Álamo, then by metonymy, Álamo became the name of the old mission converted into a presidio (military post) serving as barracks for these riders.

60 Interesting Facts About Alamo

Interesting Facts About Alamo

  • The Alamo was built in 1718.
  • Alamo is the Spanish word for cottonwood.
  • The Alamo was built out of limestone blocks.
  • The first stone of the Alamo was laid in 1744.
  • The Battle of the Alamo was fought over 12 days.
  • The Alamo is in San Antonio, Texas, United States.
  • It was built as a fortress style compound and mission.
  • The Alamo is part of the Alamo Plaza Historic District.
  • It was then sold and used as a whole sale grocery store.
  • The GPS coordinates of The Alamo are 29°25′33″N 98°29’10”W.
  • The Alamo and its surrounding area cover around five acres.
  • The Alamo became famous after the Battle of the Alamo in 1863.
  • The Alamo was originally called Mission San Antonio de Valero.
  • The Alamo is formally known as the Alamo Mission in San Antonio.
  • The Alamo was founded by Spanish Franciscan Antonio de Olivares.
  • In 2015, The Alamo was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The state of Texas purchased the Alamo chapel but did not restore it.
  • In 1960, The Alamo was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark.

Awesome Facts About Alamo

  • In 1983, The Alamo was designated as a Texas State Antiquities Landmark.
  • The street address of The Alamo is 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205.
  • The Battle of the Alamo was fought between February 23rd and March 6th, 1836.
  • American folk hero David Crockett fought and died during the Battle of the Alamo.
  • There is a keystone at the top of the arch in the doorway that has the date 1758.
  • In 1883, the State of Texas purchase The Alamo from the Catholic Church for $20,000.
  • In 1835 the general of the Mexican soldiers surrendered the mission to the Texan Army.
  • The mission was built strong enough to help defend against Comanche and Apache natives.
  • The Battle of the Alamo was fought between the Republic of Texas and the Mexican Republic.
  • The buildings that survived were used as housing for soldiers until it was abandoned in 1876.
  • The Mexican Republic won the Battle of the Alamo and killed all the Texian and immigrant occupants.
  • The Alamo is a Spanish mission and fortress that was made famous by the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.
  • In 1985, the Daughters of the Texas Republic was formed to preserve the Alamo for future generations.
  • The Alamo chapel was constructed of blocks of limestone. It is approximately 30 feet tall and 60 feet wide.
  • After a court battle over who would oversee the restoration, the state took control and restoration began in 1912.
  • At one time there were as many as 30 adobe buildings in the Mission San Antonio de Valero (later the Alamo) complex.

Historical Facts About Alamo

  • Later in 1912 the site was given back to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and has remained in their custody ever since.
  • It's believed the name the Alamo came to be due to the Second Flying Company of San Carlos when they took over the abandoned mission.
  • Today the Alamo is a public monument and is considered to be a shrine to the heroes who tried to defend it in the Battle of the Alamo.
  • A group that called themselves the Daughters of the Republic of Texas convinced the government to buy the Alamo in 1905 so it could be restored.
  • After the Texas Revolution which ended in 1848, the Mexicans retreated. Before they left they destroyed many of the walls and buildings of the Alamo.
  • During construction of the Alamo it collapsed. All that was left were the walls. The roof and towers that had been in the original plans were never finished.
  • The phrase “Remember the Alamo” was made famous by General Sam Houston. He used the phrase while addressing his troops two days before the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • In 1836, Mexican soldiers attacked the Alamo and most of the soldiers of the Texan Army were killed. The Mexican soldiers stayed for a while, but eventually left Texas.
  • The cruelty of the Mexican troops became a rally cry for both Texas settles and illegal immigrants. They joined the Texian army in large amounts. Less than three months later the Mexican Army was defeated.

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