|A New Republic Was Born|
- Gonzales - When Mexican soldiers tried to steal the settlers' cannon - the fight was on!
- San Felipe - Where Stephe F. Austin established his colony in 1823. It was considered the social, economic and political center of the region.
- San Antonio - Five Catholic missions were built here in the early 1700s to convert the native popluation. In 1836, defenders at the Mission San Antonio de Valero (Alamo) were defeated by Mexican soldiers and the battle cry "Remember the Alamo" was born.
- Washington-on-the-Brazos - Where representatives of Texas settlements met to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico in early March 1836.
- Goliad - In late March 1835, Colonel Fannin's forces were imprisoned after surrendering in defeat. They were then shot outside their prison cell in Goliad, marking this as the largest single loss of life during the days of the Texas Revolution.
- La Porte (22 miles east of Houston) - The San Jacinto Monument stands as the world's tallest memorial stone column on the site where Mexican rule over Texas came to a dramitic close on April 21, 1836.
If I were back in Texas, I would teaching my little girls about the place where Daddy grew up and express to them how important it is to always stand up for their beliefs, like the men at the Alamo. An honorable death standing up for what is just, is preferable to the scourge of oppression. I want them to feel the pride when I explain what they are looking at and why it is a sacred place to so many of us. At this point, i'd like to leave you with a quote from John Steinbeck. "Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word." Amen, brother. Amen.