Our City Our History: The Alamo

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It's one of the most iconic pieces of Texas history.

That's right -- it's the Alamo. In this week's, "Our City, Our History" we took a look at the history behind the icon.

Mission San Antonio De Valero -- as The Alamo was originally called -- was built by Spanish settlers around 1718. It housed missionaries and its Native American converts for nearly 70 years. General Antonio Lopez Santa Ann led thousands of Mexican troops February 1836 on a siege of The Alamo. James Bowie, William Travis and Davy Crockett held out and defended The Alamo for nearly two weeks before they were defeated.

In April of 1836 Sam Houston and about 800 Texans defeated Santa Anna at The Battle of San Jacinto and win independence for Texas. Mexican troops in San Antonio were ordered to withdraw.

Present day -- the calls of "Remember the Alamo!" still symbolize the heroic fight. And just this past October -- the San Antonio city council voted in favor of a plan that will help bring The Alamo one step closer to how it looked in 1836. The plans include moving the cenotaph, building a museum and expanding Alamo Plaza.

We have more on those changes and other places that are important to San Antonio's history in the "Our City, Our History" series.

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