On February 23, 1836, 187 Texans defended the Alamo mission in San Antonio, Texas for 15 days against nearly 3000 Mexican soldiers. At one point during the bloody siege Col. William Barrett Travis drew a line in the dirt with his saber and said, "Any man who chooses to stay and fight should step across the line. Any man that does not step across the line will not be thought a coward." All but one man stepped across that line. All but one man thought the price of freedom was worth that much. And all but one was slaughtered. But those 15 days bought valuable time for General Sam Houston to prepare his newly organized Texas army. As a result, on April 21, 1836, Gen. Sam Houston and his Texas army were able to defeat the Mexican army at the battle of San Jacinto, and force Gen. Santa Ana to sign a treaty, thus establishing the Republic of Texas. To this day if you visit the Alamo, you will see a phrase that Texans are quite proud of plastered on just about everything imaginable: "The Alamo: The Price of Freedom". One-hundred-eighty-seven men were willing to give their lives, and the rest of Texas was willing to let them, because their freedom was worth that much to them. Their freedom had that much value to them.
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