"Passport to Texas History"
Celebrating 175th Anniversary of Texas Independence
Texans are celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Texas Revolution by travelling with a new "Passport to Texas History."
The Texas Revolution began with the first shot fired on October 2, 1835 in Gonzales and ended with the Texan victory at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. In between these two iconic dates are the numerous events and skirmishes that are an important part of our state's illustrious history.
Historic sites across Texas have created a way for visitors to re-live the events of the Texas Revolution by offering a "Passport to Texas History." Travelers can learn about the Revolution as they visit the sites where Sam Houston, Davy Crockett and Santa Anna made history. Just like an official government passport, visitors can get their book stamped at each site they visit. Collect stamps from all sites and receive a commemorative gift from the Texas Independence Trail Region (through December 2011).
Share Texas history with family and friends this year! Travel with your Passport to:
- Gonzales - When Mexican soldiers tried to steal the settlers' cannon - the fight was on!
- San Felipe - Where Stephe F. Austin established his colony in 1823. It was considered the social, economic and political center of the region.
- San Antonio - Five Catholic missions were built here in the early 1700s to convert the native popluation. In 1836, defenders at the Mission San Antonio de Valero (Alamo) were defeated by Mexican soldiers and the battle cry "Remember the Alamo" was born.
- Washington-on-the-Brazos - Where representatives of Texas settlements met to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in early March 1836.
- Goliad - In late March 1835, Colonel Fannin's forces were imprisoned after surrendering in defeat. They were then shot outside their prison cell in Goliad, marking this as the largest single loss of life during the days of the Texas Revolution.
- La Porte (22 miles east of Houston) - The San Jacinto Monument stands as the world's tallest memorial stone column on the site where Mexican rule over Texas came to a dramitic close on April 21, 1836.
The Passport is perfect for students in the fourth and seventh grade who study Texas history as part of their social studies curriculum! A copy of the passport can be downloaded from www.texasindependencetrail.com.
About the San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment
The Battle of San Jacinto is reenacted each year at the base of the San Jacinto Monument. The 2011 San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011. This is an admission-free event with living history demonstrators, music and craft vendors - culminating in the largest reenactment in the state honoring those who fought for Texas' independence. (Parking and security fees may be charged.)
The San Jacinto Monument is located on the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. There is no fee to enter the park, see the Monument or tour the San Jacinto Museum located inside the Monument. Modest fees are charged for the 489-foot elevator ride to the Observation Deck, to view the movie "Texas Forever!!" and see the special collection of photos, artifacts and films which capture the change and growth of Houston and Galveston, 1890 to 1953.
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is located just minutes away from downtown Houston. Take Highway 225 east just past Beltway 8 to the Independence Parkway exit. Travel north on Independence Parkway approximately three miles (veer to the left when the road divides). The park is open daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
For more information about the Battle of San Jacinto and the San Jacinto Museum of History, please explore our website, follow on Facebook or call 281.479.2421.
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