Location: Pantego, Texas, United States

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Today, April 21 is San Jacinto Day. This is the date on which Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna, the Dictator of Mexico, at San Jacinto (near the present day city of Houston) winning independence of Texas from Mexico. Santa Anna was captured on 22 April and escorted to General Houston by a group of men including my great-great- grandfather. This was a major holiday in Texas when I was a boy, but is hardly noticed now. Now over 36% of the people in Texas are Mexicans (compared to less than 2% 100 years ago) and we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the date of a minor victory of Mexican forces over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.


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