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Battle of the Alamo
Part of the Texas Revolution
1854 Alamo

The Alamo, as drawn in 1854
Date February 23 – March 6, 1836
Alamo Mission, San Antonio, Mexican Texas

29°25′32″N 98°29′10″W / 29.42556°N 98.48611°W / 29.42556; -98.48611Coordinates: 29°25′32″N 98°29′10″W / 29.42556°N 98.48611°W / 29.42556; -98.48611
Result Mexican victory
Mexican Republic Republic of Texas
Commanders and leaders
Antonio López de Santa Anna
Manuel Fernandez Castrillon
Martin Perfecto de Cos
William Travis 
James Bowie 
Davy Crockett 
1,800 185–260
Casualties and losses
400–600 killed and wounded 182–257

The Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836 at the Alamo in what is now San Antonio, Texas, United States. At the time, Texas belonged to Mexico, but many people in Texas wanted it to leave Mexico and become a new country. Over 100 of these people, including former Congressman Davy Crockett, were in the Alamo, which was a mission (which is like a church) when a Mexican army of several thousand, led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna, showed up and surrounded the Alamo. For 13 days, the Mexican army surrounded the Alamo, then it attacked on March 6, 1836. All 187 of the men from Texas were killed. General Sam Houston felt that holding San Antonio was unnecessary and impossible. Houston sent Jim Bowie, his orders were to destroy the Alamo and return with all of the men & artillery stationed there. Bowie went against his orders, thinking he needed to defend the city, and failed.

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