Do we really remember the Alamo?
The Latino Reporter’s Patsy Montesinos set out find out if San Antonio remembers the Alamo.
And for readers who need a history lesson, here’s what happened:
In 1835, a group of Texas volunteer soldiers occupied the Alamo during their fight for independence from Mexico.
But Sam Houston, commander-in-chief, argued they should abandon the mission because of insufficient numbers. The Texans had about 200 troops.
During the battle, according to various estimates, the Texans fought anywhere between 1,800 and 6,000 men. They fought for 13 days. After the battle, Mexican forces occupied the Alamo from March to May.
For Texans, the Alamo is a symbol of heroic resistance and is an essential part of their history.
Patsy Montesinos is a 2019 NAHJ Student Project participant. She is a senior at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she is studying journalism with an emphasis on Spanish-language broadcast. She spent her summer in Colombia producing a documentary about Afro-Colombians. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter at @montesinospatsy.