Essay about The Mexican Revolution Of America

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In 1829, American settlers began to reside in Mexico’s territories in the southwest, disregarding their customs and laws. American colonists in Texas protested Mexican rule, sparking the Texas Revolution in 1835. Soon after, Mexican dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna attacked Alamo and won, but the Treaty of Velasco gave Texas independence and created the border between Texas and Mexico (Berkin 314). Unfortunately, Mexicans wanted renegotiation of the treaty, threatening war. On April 22, 1846, Mexico announced that its territory had been invaded and declared war.
American soldier William Barret Travis instructs in his letter “Commandancy of the Alamo” that Texans – and all Americans – should fight for their independence from Mexicans to honor not only himself but also the country. At Antonio, Texas in late February of 1836, Travis and other Texans were besieged by Mexicans; they were able to hold off Mexican troops for two weeks without surrender, but on March 6, over 2000 Mexican soldiers inundated and killed Texans (Travis). Travis informs in his letter that Mexicans under Santa Anna wanted Americans to voluntarily surrender. However, he indicates that he would “never surrender or retreat” because he must sustain the American character – liberty and patriotism (Travis). Even though the enemy’s troops were growing thousands per day, surrendering was not an option. Travis was determined to endure struggles as long as possible and “die like a soldier who never forgets…

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