Posts tagged the alamo
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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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 Ep3 - The Frontiersman

When was the last time you heard some disillusioning news about a public figure you admire? I am going to make a wild guess that it wasn't too long ago. For better or for worse, the lives of famous people, both living and deceased, are receiving as much attention for their accomplishments as they are for their mistakes. When I was in Elementary School, Davy Crockett was my Hero. But then I learned something about his life which would force me to rethink what a Hero is. This third episode of Davy and Me is about that experience which many of you will be able to relate to--when our role models let us down.

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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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