The Battle of San Jacinto and Treaties of Velasco


Texas History Revolution and the Texas Republic The Battle of San Jacinto and Treaties of Velasco
Students learn about the Battle of San Jacinto and how the Texas army achieved victory. They identify similarities and differences between General Sam Houston and General Antonio López de Santa Anna. They analyze the Treaties of Velasco and identify that there was a public and secret treaty, both of which were broken by the parties.

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In this experience, students learn about the Battle of San Jacinto and how the Texas army achieved victory. They identify similarities and differences between General Sam Houston and General Antonio López de Santa Anna. They analyze the Treaties of Velasco and identify that there was a public and secret treaty, both of which were broken by the parties.

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the qualities that made Sam Houston and Santa Anna significant leaders in the Texas Revolution.
  • Explain the significance of the Texas victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • Describe the conditions agreed upon in the Treaties of Velasco.


The Battle of San Jacinto was the turning point for the Texas Revolution. General Sam Houston led the Texan army against General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army. The entire battle lasted 18 minutes. You will learn about the battle and its outcome.

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the qualities that made Sam Houston and Santa Anna significant leaders in the Texas Revolution.
  • Explain the significance of the Texas victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • Describe the conditions agreed upon in the Treaties of Velasco.




Battle of San Jacinto


What do you already know about Sam Houston and Antonio López de Santa Anna? Write a fact about each man in the organizer.



Discuss the students’ answers. Students may know the following facts.

Houston

  • Military commander-in-chief for Texas Republic
  • Well-thought of by other leaders of the republic
  • People wanted Houston to be president of the ad interim government, but he did not attend the Convention of 1836 so he was not elected
  • Retreated from other battles to try to plan attack on Mexican army

Santa Anna

  • Also served as Mexican president
  • Strong general
  • Won battle at Alamo
  • Rejected the Mexican Constitution of 1824


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