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 Collection: Photographing Texas
Detail of frieze on the San Jacinto Monument

Detail of frieze on the San Jacinto Monument

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of a portion of the frieze on the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas. The visible corner is labeled "Lamar's School System" and shows three children lined up in front of a woman holding an open book and a man standing in the background. Portions of other images are also visible.
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Citizens of Texas

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Citizens of Texas

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of an engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas. It says: "Citizens of Texas and immigrant soldiers in the army of Texas at San Jacinto were natives of Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Scotland."
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Colonists Forced the Mexican Authorities

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Colonists Forced the Mexican Authorities

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of an engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas. It says: "In June, 1832, the colonists forced the Mexican authorities at Anahuac to release Wm. B. Travis and other from unjust imprisonment, the battle of Velasco, June 26, and the Battle of Nacogdoches, August 2, followed; in both the Texans were victorious. Stephen Fuller Austin, "Father of Texas," was arrested January 3, 1834, and held in Mexico without trial until July, 1835. The Texans formed an army, and on November 12, 1835, established a provisional government."
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Early Policies of Mexico

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Early Policies of Mexico

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of engraved writing near the base of the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas. It reads: "The early policies of Mexico toward her Texas colonists had been extremely liberal. Large grants of land were made to them, and no taxes or duties imposed. The relationship between the Anglo-Americans and Mexicans was cordial. But, following a series of revolutions begun in 1829, unscrupulous rulers successively seized power in Mexico."
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Measured by its Results

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Measured by its Results

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of an engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte. It reads: "Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican War, resulting in the acquistion by the United States of the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma, almost one-third of the present area of the American nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty."
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, On This Field

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, On This Field

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of an engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte. It reads: "On this field on April 21, 1836 the army of Texas commanded by General Sam Houston, and accompanied by the Secretary of War, Thomas J. Rusk, attacked the larger invading army of Mexicans under General Santa Anna. The battle line from left to right was formed by Sidney Sherman's regiment, Edward Burleson's regiment, the artillery commanded by George W. Hockley, Henry Millard's infantry and the cavalry under Mirabeau B. Lamar. Sam Houston led the infantry charge."
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Texas Declared her Independence

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, Texas Declared her Independence

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of writing on side of the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas. It had decorative stonework above. Text: Texas declared her independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos March 2. For nearly two months her armies met disaster and defeat: Dr. James Grant's men were killed on the Agua Dulce March 2; William Barret Travis and his men sacrificed their lives at the Alamo, March 6; William Ward was defeated at Refugio, March 14; Amon B. King's men were executed near Refugio, March 16; and James Walker Fannin and his army were put to death near Goliad March 27, 1836.
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, The First Shot

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, The First Shot

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of engraved text at the base of the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte, Texas. There is a family walking next to the monument. Text: The first shot of the revolution of 1835-36 was fired by the Texans at Gonzales, October 2, 1835, in resistance to a demand by the Mexican soldiers for a small cannon held by the colonists. The Mexican garrison at Goliad fell October 9; the Battle of ConcepciĆ³n was won by the Texans October 28. San Antonio was captured December 10, 1835 after five days of fighting in which the indomitable Benjamin R. Milam died a hero, and the Mexican army evacuated Texas.
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Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, With the Battle Cry

Engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument, With the Battle Cry

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of an engraved frieze on the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte. It reads: "With the battle cry, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" the Texans charged. The enemy, taken by surprise, rallied for a few minutes then fled in disorder. The Texans had asked no quarter and gave none, the slaughter was appalling, victory complete, and Texas free! On the following day General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, self-styled "Napoleon of the West," received from a generous foe the mercy he had denied Travis at the Alamo and Fannin at Goliad."
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Fields around the San Jacinto Monument

Fields around the San Jacinto Monument

Date: May 2, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Description: Photograph of the fields around the San Jacinto Monument. There are trees and electrical poles in the background.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries