The Surrender of Goliad


Texas History Revolution and the Texas Republic The Surrender of Goliad
Students learn about James Fannin's surrender at Goliad. First they learn about the events leading up to the surrender and the massacre that followed it, identifying causes and effects of the events. Then they identify similarities and differences between the Battle of the Alamo and the surrender at Goliad. Finally, they write a letter about the fate of the captured Texans from the view point of General Urrea (requested clemency for them) or Santa Anna (ordered them executed).

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Overview

In this experience, students learn about James Fannin’s surrender at Goliad. First they learn about the events leading up to the surrender and the massacre that followed it, identifying causes and effects of the events. Then they identify similarities and differences between the Battle of the Alamo and the surrender at Goliad. Finally, they write a letter about the fate of the captured Texans from the view point of General Urrea (requested clemency for them) or Santa Anna (ordered them executed).

Objective:

  • Describe the events that led to James Fannin’s surrender at Goliad and its outcome.


At the beginning of the Texas Revolution in the fall of 1835, there was a battle at Goliad. In this experience, you will learn about the fate of Goliad the following spring.

Objective:

  • Describe the events that led to the surrender at Goliad and its outcome.




Presidio La Bahía Chapel


First, let’s review what you already know about Goliad. If someone has already listed the fact that you know, try to think of a different one to post.



Students are not required to post in this table in order to continue.

Review the following facts with students:

  • During the Mexican era, Presidio La Bahía, located near the Mexican Texas settlement of Goliad, was used as a fort by Mexican soldiers.
  • Shortly after the Texan victory at the Battle of Gonzales, a Texan militia marched toward La Bahía.
  • The Texans learned that Mexican General Cos and most of his men had left the fort, leaving only a small number of troops there.
  • On October 9, 1835, Texas settlers attacked the fort. The attack took the Mexican troops by surprise.
  • The battle lasted about 30 minutes, and the Mexican troops surrendered.
  • The victory cut off the Mexican troops’ access to the coast, so that it was difficult for them to get supplies to the large Mexican force in Béxar.


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