A Comprehensive Guide to the Alamo and the Texas Revolution
Author: Timothy J. Todish
Describes the Siege and Battle of the Alamo and covers related aspects such as the facts and fiction of Davy Crockett, Alamo heroes and leaders, writings of the participants, uniforms and weaponry, Alamo movies and music, and places to visit.
Never wavering in its search for the bedrock of fact, this book is a methodical, piece-by-piece dismantling of what we thought we knew and a convincing speculation about what might have really happened during that courageous fight for independence.
If everyone was killed inside the Alamo, how do we know what happened? This surprisingly simple question was the genesis for Todd Hansen's compendium of source material on the subject, "The Alamo Reader". Utilising obscure and rare sources along with key documents never before published, Hansen carefully balances the accounts against one another, culminating in the definitive resource for Alamo history.
The Alamo often conjures up images of rugged frontiersmen, the likes of Davy Crockett and James Bowie, shoring up the defenses of the fort against the forces of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. These events did take place, but The Alamo was a small flashpoint in a wider struggle for control of a strategically vital region known as Texas. Seen as a bulwark against the French and British empires to the north, the newly independent nation of Mexico had to secure the territory or risk encroachment on its northern border. This compelling volume examines The Alamo within the wider context of the struggle for control of Texas. Chapters explain the events that led to the battle, provide a gripping description of the siege itself with detailed discussions of the primary figures involved, and describe the legacy of this lost battle to American politics and culture.
Contains a brief history of the Texas Revolution and the siege and battle of the Alamo; features a chronology of events at the Alamo from 1519 to 1997; provides an alphabetical listing of people, items, and events related to the Alamo; and includes reference lists.
Juan N. Almonte's 1834 Inspection, Secret Report & Role in the 1836 Campaign
Author: Juan Nepomuceno Almonte
Publisher: Texas State Historical Assn
In late 1833 Mexico began to have serious fears that its northeastern territory in Texas would be lost to North American colonists. To determine the actual state of affairs, Mexico sent Col. Juan N. Almonte to Texas on an inspection -- the last conducted by a high-ranking Mexican official before revolution separated Texas from Mexico. Upon his return to the Mexican capital in November 1834, Almonte wrote a secret report of the measures necessary to avoid the loss of Texas -- a report that has been unknown to scholars or the general public. Here it is presented in English for the first time, along with more than fifty letters that Almonte wrote during his inspection. This documentation offers crucial new insights on Texas affairs and will change the way historians regard Mexico's attitudes toward the foreign colonists and their revolution of 1835-1836. When Santa Anna marched an army north to crush the Texas rebellion, Almonte was by his side as a special adviser. He kept a journal, lost at the Battle of San Jacinto, which is presented here with full annotation. Almonte's role in the 1836 campaign is examined, as well as his subsequent activities that relate to Texas. Through Almonte's Texas we gain an overdue appreciation of this man who played a leading role in the history of Texas and Mexico. As James E. Crisp said in his review of this work: "This is a fascinating, revelatory, and highly satisfying book for anyone interested in the real meat of the story of the Texas Revolution -- in all its political, military and diplomatic dimensions. The editors have put Almonte in the center of this story of Texas in the 1830s and 40s, and that's exactly where he belongs. Bravo!"
The British Military and the Pontiac Indian Uprising of 1763-1764
Author: Timothy J. Todish
Publisher: Purple Mountain PressLtd
"At the conclusion of the French Indian War, the triumphant British took possession of a vast area west of the Appalachians in the Great Lakes region. It was not only replete with a lucrative fur trade and almost infinite colonization possibilities, but also hostile Indians harboring lingering loyalties to their former French allies. It was not long before overly-strict British regulation of the fur trade, coupled with a perceived arrogance, further fueled Indian resentment of colonial expansion into their territories. Pontiac's Uprising, or Pontiac's Conspiracy, of 1763, named after the Ottawa chief generally recognized as one of its main catalysts, was the violent, sometimes horrifying tribal reaction in 1763 against two short years of controversial British military rule. This important new book looks at the Pontiac Uprising through the eyes of the British military, yet treats both sides fairly and honestly.