The turning point of the Texas Revolution came in 1836 at a fortified mission called the Alamo.
An army of several thousand Mexicans, led by dictator Santa Anna, laid siege to the fort and its 180 Texan rebels.
The rebels included Juan Seguin and a company of Tejanos, along with such American frontiersmen as Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, and William Travis. On March 6, after the rebels had refused Santa Anna’s order to surrender, the Mexican troops stormed the fort and killed all of the rebel soldiers.
Far from suppressing the rebellion, the massacre inflamed it. Texans rallied to the battle cry “Remember the Alamo.”
Barely seven weeks later, at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, Texan forces defeated Santa Anna and forced him to recognize Texan independence.