Mission San Antonio de Valero, popularly known as the Alamo, was the earliest of the chain of San Antonio missions, established in 1718.
Today it is recognized as 'The Cradle of Texas Liberty,' a symbol of freedom and independence throughout the world.
This mission was the site of an infamous battle that ended on March 6, 1836, and kindled Texas' desire for freedom.
One hundred and eighty-nine Texas patriots met Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna during the Battle of the Alamo.
Although all 189 men died, Texas' fight for freedom had just begun.
The actual founding of the city came in 1718 by Father Antonio Olivares
when he established Mission San Antonio de Valero, which became permanently
etched in the annals of history in 1836 as The Alamo, where 189 defenders held the
old mission against some 4,000 Mexican troops for 13 days.
The cry 'Remember the Alamo' became the rallying point of the Texan revolution against Mexico.
Located in the heart of downtown, today The Alamo is a shrine and museum.