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San Jacinto Day

The Battle of San Jacinto occurred on April 21, 1836, in what is now Harris County, Texas. This fight was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution since it led to Texian independence from the Centralist Republic of Mexico.

General Samuel Houston led the battle. The Texan Army launched a surprise attack to engage and defeat General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s Mexican army in a fight that lasted just 18 minutes. General Houston wrote a detailed, first-hand account of the battle from the headquarters of the Texan Army in San Jacinto on April 25, 1836. After the writings of General Huston, numerous secondary analyses and interpretations have followed.

Although the battle lasted only 18 minutes, the Mexicans were routed and lost over 600 men. General Santa Anna was taken prisoner together with hundred of Mexican soldiers. Santa Anna signed a treaty recognizing Texan independence in exchange for his freedom. After the battle and popularity of his victory, Sam Houston was elected president. Houston, the modern city, is named after him.