Published: Monday, March 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The Associated Press news story “Alamo's ‘Victory or Death' letter goes on display” (Feb. 22) was misleading.
Texas' war of independence with Mexico was won by “Texicans,” some of whom were Mexicans. The comments by Baylor University history professor Michael Parrish do an injustice to the reason why the Texicans in the Alamo decided to fight to the death.
The Texicans' refusal to surrender at the Alamo was a matter of liberty, not bravado. After the Alamo, Santa Anna ordered the execution of the Texas prisoners held from the battle of Goliad.
The battle cry of Texas was “Remember the Alamo” and it had a flag with a cannon on it with the caption “Come and Take It.” The rest is Texas history.
Texas is the only state to win its own independence and it became the Republic of Texas. After the war, the Republic of Texas and the United States entered into treaty agreement for Texas' annexation into the United States.
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