History of Texas
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2m 58s

This clip details the history of the 28th state of the United States, Texas, and includes several fun facts about it. The clip describes the Texan fight for independence from Mexico and how the state's unofficial motto, Don't Mess with Texas, was originally a slogan for an anti-litter campaign. It also includes details about the Texas economy and how much it contributes to the entire United States economy.


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The Mexican troops launch the first wave of their assault on the Alamo Mission near modern day San Antonio, Texas.
Colonel William B. Travis asks his men what it is they value so dearly that they are willing to fight, and possibly die, for prior to the Battle of The Alamo. He instills patriotism in his men and rallies for their tenacity as they revolt against the Mexican troops.
Stephen F. Austin known as the father of Texas moved to Texas after his father died and inherited his land. The city was named in honor of Austin and became the state's capitol before it was moved to Houston.
Sam Houston leads his troops to victory against General Santa Anna's forces, who have set up camp in a vulnerable spot. Because the Texians were familiar with the terrain, which had many thick oak groves separated by marshes, and were in a location with strong cover against fire, they were able to win the battle so quickly and with much fewer losses. The clip mentions facts about the battle, including that Santa Anna's forces were defeated in just 18 minutes.
When Mexican forces arrived in Gonzales, they found the militia armed with firearms the cannon and a banner that read come and take it. Significantly outnumbered the solduers were routed with one shot of the cannon one shot that won the battle. One shot that started the revolution.