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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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