State Historian Bill O’Neal talks about the Runaway Scrape that occurred after the fall of the Alamo. The Runaway Scrape refers to the flight from their homes of Texans when Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna began his attempted conquest of Texas in February 1836. The first communities to be affected were those in the south central portions of Texas around San Patricio, Refugio, and San Antonio. The people began to leave that area as early as January 14, 1836, when the Mexicans were reportedly gathering on the Rio Grande. Bill O’Neal comments on the heroic and persistent efforts of General Sam Houston, who was the only hope of the “fledgling Republic of Texas.” Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
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