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Story of Colonel William Travis's gutsy move at the Alamo

On this day in history, without saying any words, Colonel William Travis made his statement loud and clear that Texans won't give up.

Five thousand Mexican troops led by Santa Ana had recently arrived in San Antonio, Texas. With a volunteer force led by James Bowie, Travis took shelter in the Alamo. The very next day, Santa Ana ordered the Texans to surrender.

Although extremely outnumbered, Travis refused by firing at the Mexicans with his canon. Santa Ana then ordered his troops to siege the Alamo. Travis pleaded for help from other Texans, writing letters where he signed off with the now famous phrase, "Victory or Death."

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