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01 March 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TEXAS! / Cumpleanos Felices Tejas!


ow I already know that many readers of my blog don't really care about Texas. And that's fine, and I'll still welcome you to read me. However, I would really be remiss if I didn't devote my insignificant little piece of blogdom to the entire thing... the Alamo... As many times as I hear this story I still shake my head.

What's really interesting is that the men (and women) of the Alamo never knew that Texas had declared independence from Mexico on 2 March 1836, today, 170 years ago. Since all communication with the Alamo was cut off... they didn't know about independence since they all died a few days later on 6 March.

On that fateful morning, General Santa Ana (history books record his name incorrectly as Anna), had his bugler play El Deguello. The word "deguello" means "beheading" in Spanish and was the bugle call used by Santa Ana prior to the murder of the men at the Alamo that fatefull day. I decided to play it today as the musical background, mainly because I like it.

As you know Texas went on to become the largest state in the Union and the only state to have the provision that if it ever wanted it could pull out of the Union and go back to being it's own country again. Texas is so big it could be divided up into 5 separate states. It stayed that way until that little rabble-rousing state up north joined the Union.

But here is the unbelievable part of this story: As you know, a few days later while taking a siesta at San Jacinto, Santa Ana and his army is captured by Sam Houston and his Texan army in a 13 minute battle... the Texan men all the time shouting Remember the Alamo! It also needs to be noted that Santa Ana's artificial leg was taken from him and is on display at the Alamo.

Anyway, to make a long story short, Santa Ana is freed. That's not the unbelievable part... here it comes: After awhile, Santa Ana travels to New York, he's the toast of the town... he becomes an inventor... here it comes folks... guess what he invented???? CHICOLETS! Yes, folks... chicolets... now, everytime you chew on some chicolets... remember the Alamo!

Only in America. lol

Observations and Questions
Anyway, have you ever been to the Alamo? You know about it, right? and for goodness sake, spit out that gum, por favor!

International Shoutout
Especially for my 3 friends in Portugal: Ola as Pessoas! E bem-vindo a meu blog!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this day in 1793 Sam[uel] Houston, 1st president of Texas. Remember the Alamo Sam! And in our death notices today we have in 1939, Howard Carter, British archaeologist, discovered the tomb of King Tut, dies at 65.
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