The Early Battles


Texas History Revolution and the Texas Republic The Early Battles
Students learn about the early battles of the Texas Revolution: the Battle of Gonzales, the Goliad Campaign of 1835, and the Siege of San Antonio. They explain the significance of these early Texas victories. Then they describe the San Antonio siege from the point of view of a Texan or a Mexican soldier.

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In this experience, students learn about the early battles of the Texas Revolution: the Battle of Gonzales, the Goliad Campaign of 1835, and the Siege of San Antonio. They explain the significance of these early Texas victories. Then they describe the San Antonio battle from the point of view of a Texan or a Mexican soldier.

Objectives:

  • Explain the significance of the Battle of Gonzales and the Goliad Campaign of 1835.
  • Describe the importance of the Texan capture of San Antonio.


You know how the story of the Texas Revolution ends, but do you know how it begins? In this experience, you will learn about the early battles of the Revolution.

Objectives:

  • Explain the significance of the Battle of Gonzales and the Goliad Campaign of 1835.
  • Describe the importance of the Texan capture of San Antonio.




Texas Flag: Come and Take It


The Texas settlers raised the above flag at the Battle of Gonzales in October 1835.


What do you think is the message of the flag? What do the words “come and take it” mean?

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Discuss the students’ ideas.

The Mexican government had given the town of Gonzales a cannon to protect itself against attacks from Native American tribes. As tensions between Mexico and Texas grew, the government feared that the Texans would use the cannon against them, so they requested that the Texans return the cannon.

The message of the flag was that if Mexico wanted the cannon back, they would have to come and get it themselves. The settlers were not going to give it up willingly. Also, in order to get it, the Mexicans would have to fight for it. It was a sign for the settlers to stand up and defend themselves against the new dictatorship that was ruling them.


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