Wednesday, September 23, 2015 : San Antonio, the Alamo, Dallas


We have the morning to visit the Alamo, the most important place of Texan resistance against the Mexican occupier. Let's put it frankly, Texan identity is largely borne out of the tragic March 1836 events.


The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo, San Antonio

 

At times improperly called Fort Alamo, this place has never actually been a fort. At times Spanish, then Mexican, Catholic mission, military barracks, trading post, the Alamo has had its moment of glory during the siege of Williams Travis's troops (including the famous Davy Crockett) by General Santa Anna's, at least 10 times as numerous. The besieged have logically been killed to the last man, but not before giving the hated Santa Anna a very tough time. The legend was borne out of this heroic and doomed resistance.

 

The visit is assisted by an excellent, very complete and didactic audioguide, also available in French !

 

We then take the road for the last leg of our road trip, back to Dallas, which we have left almost a month ago.


Dallas, the skyline

Dallas, the skyline

 

We arrive in Dallas at the end of the afternoon. Our hotel is not far from the city center, but not close enough to allow us to get there at once. We postpone our visit of the JFK Memorial till tomorrow.