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The Mexican Defeat at San Jacinto Throughout history when armies face each other in battle the victor usually is the greater mightier more experienced of the two armies Occasionally the victor is the smaller more cunning and more resourceful army that is able to win because of the incompetence of its adversary This happened in the battle of San Jacinto between Texan revolutionaries and the Mexican army Despite more than adequate soldiers and supplies the Mexican armys inept planning and positioning combined with ineffective commanders directly caused its defeat to Texan revolutionaries at the battle of San Jacinto The Mexican army had more than adequate men for battle when the Texans attacked on April 21 1836 Before April 21 the Texans and the Mexicans had an almost equal number of soldiers but the Mexican army enjoyed superiority after General Cs arrived on the morning of April 21 He came with additional troops for Mexican President and General Antonio Lpez de Santa Anna The Mexicans then had at least 1250 men and my have had upwards of fifteen hundred menWilliams 151 while the Texans consisted of a mere 738 to 910 men commanded by former Tennessee governor Sam Houston The Mexican army also possessed adequate resources for the battle They had new English muskets many boxes of ammunition swords and bayonets The Mexicans also had a twelve-pound cannon named the Golden Standard These arms gave the Mexicans a big advantage because the Texans had hatchets old muskets and a dwindling supply of ammunition The Mexicans had a mountain of assorted gear mules horses and 12000 in silver pesos When the Texans pillaged the Mexican camp they found a cornucopia of armaments vital to
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