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The War for Texas Independence On October 1 1835 Mexicans arrived at the town of Gonzales Their mission was to get a small cannon that the citizens had been using for defense against the Indians urging the Mexicans to Come and Take it On October 2 1835 the first shots of the War for Texas Independance was fired causing the Mexicans to retreat Happy about this victory the Texians gathered a small army of volunteers and went to the city of San Antonio On December 5 the Texian and Mexican armies began the fight for control of the city The Mexicans led by General Martin Perfecto de Cos retreated to the safety of an old fortress known as the Alamo He surrendered to the Texians on December 9 swearing to leave Texas and never return Santa Anna came up with an idea he thought that if he split up into 3 groups they would be able to move faster His plan was to kill the leaders of the new government Once again the Texians celebrated They had pushed the Mexicans out of Texas Many people thought that this was the end of the war However on February 23 1836 the men stationed in San Antonio were surprised by the Mexican army entering the city Retreating to the Alamo150 men were soon taken by an enemy that out numbered them by 2000 A brave group of 32 men from Gonzales would be the Texians only back up On March 6 1836 after 13 days of continual fighting the Alamo fell to the attacking forces A few men survived the battle but were executed by order of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna The bodies were all burned News of this defeat spread quickly through Texas General Sam Houston began a forced retreat towards the Louisiana border pushing all the citizens of Texas to follow him The people burned their homes in order
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