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Thread #103340   Message #2113113
Posted By: GUEST
28-Jul-07 - 12:43 AM
Thread Name: Remember the Alamo?
Subject: RE: Remember the Alamo?
Remember-- These men thought they were the toughest men on the planet. I don't think that they had the least idea that they were doomed because they were outnumbered.

Frontiersmen and mountain men of the same era had defended countless positions against large forces and survived by superior technology, careful control of their rate of fire, and higher lethality of fire.

In this case they were wrong and died, but their peers under Houston proved their point anyway.

As for theft, give me a break. Who were they stealing from, the King of Spain? Mexican grantees? The Comanches? All of these folks thought that toughness was how land was held. None of them had anything like what we would call good title. The Texicans held title the way everybody else did, except that their title has held up for a while. Santa Ana didn't sob for the dead men of the Alamo and Goliad. I doubt his ghost expects you to sob for him either.

I don't hold with the notion that winners must have cheated the losers. Sometimes they just played the game of frontier survival and land occupation better.