Archive for the 'Texas' Category

USS Texas Battleship

Filed under: Ships and Vessels, Texas

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The USS Texas is a veteran of Vera Cruz and both World Wars. The ship was completed in 1914 and saw action in some of the most important battles of World War II. It is now located at the San Jacinto State Historic Site in La Porte, Texas near Houston.



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The Alamo

Filed under: Historical, Landmarks, Texas

The Alamo (formally: San Antonio de Valero Mission) is the name (from the Spanish word álamo, meaning cottonwood trees) of former mission and fortress compound, now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas, United States. The compound, which originally comprised a church and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. After its later abandonment as a mission, it was used as a fortress in the 19th century and was the scene of several military actions, including most notably the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, one of the pivotal battles between the forces of the Republic of Texas and Mexico during the Texas Revolution.



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