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The 13-day siege during the Texas Revolution that constituted the Battle of the Alamo followed a series of small engagements won by Texan soldiers. In mid-February 1836, about 1,100 soldiers of the Mexican Army under General Antonio López de Santa Anna crossed the Rio Grande to respond to the revolt. Arriving at the site of the former Catholic mission located in modern San Antonio, Texas, Santa Anna refused to negotiate with the Texans defending the Alamo. On February 23, 1836, Santa Anna began his siege, and on March 6, Mexican troops stormed the fortified mission and, offering no quarter, massacred the remaining defenders of the 189-man garrison. Texans, infuriated by the massacre, attacked and inflicted a bloody defeat on the Mexican Army at San Jacinto ...

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