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The Alamo Story – Before the Battle of the Alamo (1715-1835)

Long before the United States of America was a thing, the construction of the San Antonio mission (the location of the chapel), was approved by a Spanish King, but largely carried out by an international organization. Commonly known as the Franciscan order, they were a community of devout Christians that had members all over the world.  They answered to Rome as much as they did to Madrid which is why years later the jealous monarchy would enact policies that would reduce their influence in the Spanish colonies in America, and everywhere else.

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8 Movies about the Battle of the Alamo (From 1915 to 2004)

What I have come to realize after watching eight Alamo movies is that how settings, conflicts, and resolutions are exemplified makes or breaks the audience’s experience. Here is my list of the eight that I saw. From an Alamo enthusiast’s perspective I enjoyed all of them. But I am approaching this review as a regular audience member which is why I was able to narrow my recommendations down to three. I am basing the “quality” of these movies based on how well they treated the three elements I outlined : setting, conflict, and resolution.

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Davy Crockett timeline from 1786 to 1836 and beyond

Davy Crockett wore a lot of hats — not just a coonskin cap. He was a famous hunter, a charismatic politician, and a war hero. Some people know him for his legacy — his fight for the fair treatment of the poor and his participation in the Texas Revolution. Others may play down his historical significance, regarding Crockett more as a poster child of a new American culture emerging on the frontier. But yet seeming to collide with the quintessential frontiersman image, are all of those things that make him seem more like an outlier. He was the only congressman of Tennessee to vote against the Indian Removal act — an action that lead to his political ruin.

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Davy and Me Ep2 - The Alamo

This second episode of "Davy and Me" is about this emotion that we Americans feel in our stomachs every time we watch rebel good guys face off against another Evil Empire. While the monuments dedicated to this ideology can be found in the movies and collective imagination, when I was a kid I had the opportunity to see first hand that place where Davy Crockett fought in the Texas Revolution. In other words, the journey in developing my identity as an American began with a movie and culminated in my pilgrimage to the actual site where the battle took place.

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