conversation with the docent at the Alamo was very interesting. He
was very well informed, articulate and passionate. He was a retired Lt
Colonel (fought in Iraq), then taught 6th grade math, now
volunteered as docent at the Alamo. His thesis was that the defenders
of the Alamo were "fighting to defend the Mexican Constitution of 1824
-- for democracy". The Texans were "trying to bring democracy to
Mexico just like they tried to do for Afghanistan" But you just
can't get "peons to vote"
He said Santa Ana made a good devil because he was ruthless and politically astute and when in power curtailed the rights of citizens -- so easy to organize rebellion against him. The docent said that the importance of the Alamo, at least for Texans, was that it represented the little guy (the individual) fighting against the big guy (federal government).
He called himself a RINO, and thought the Trump supporters were crazy
and that people shouldn't want to deny unpleasant history (like some
of the Texans from the US brought slaves with them and that slavery
was a "very small part" of the cause of the war.). One should learn
the unpleasant facts and move on. I suggested that perhaps we could
learn from the past so we don't make the same mistakes? He agreed to
Imagine life as a hunter gatherer...survival depends on the mercy of the wilderness...this was the world of the Native Americans of South Texas before the arrival of Europeans. The Coahuiltecans, rich in tradition, were people of survival, in harsh harmony with their environment. The arrival of Europeans brought devastating diseases and irreversible change, threatening American Indian lifeways. Mission living offered a chance for survival, which these people seized..(my emphasis)...Mission leaders introduced stationary, year-round community living.............Franciscan friars aspired to teach community harmony through Catholic sacraments....Trusting in the united group and learning specialized skills, the mission inhabitants protected, sheltered, fed, and clothed each other. By combining these efforts, they achieved a sense of security they had lost. But they also paid a price.Upon entering the mission, Coahuiltecans were expected to give up their own religion, culture and traditions -- even their names. They were expected to become Spanish. Despite this, elements of their native lifeways blended with Spanish and Catholic cultures. Today this blend comprises the rich cultural heritage of San Antonio.