That’s right, Texans!
April 21st is San Jacinto Day! In 1836, Texas defeated the tyrant Santa Anna in a battle that ultimately led to independence and the formation of the Lone Star Republic of Texas.
General Sam Houston, leader of the Texas Army, was wounded in the battle and sat under a tree when they brought Santa Anna to them. He was fierce when performing massacres at the Alamo and Goliad, but they found him dressed like a private and attempting to flee in a cowardly fashion.
As several men begged General Houston to allow them to hang the tyrant, Sam Houston replied, “You may want blood, but I want Texas.” In exchange for his freedom, Santa Anna granted Texas its independence.
This story is a drop in the bucket when it comes to the richness of Texas history.