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The Texas Historical Commission has launched a web documentary film about the Massacre at Goliad. 360* camera technology was used to be attractive and immersive for Texas history students. It can be viewed on laptop, cell phone, tablet, VR headsets or on the THC website. A Chrome browser provides the best experience. All of the sites for the Massacre were shot on location and the artifacts shown were gathered from...
Dr. Emilio Zamora and Dr. Andrés Tijerina discuss the background of the Handbook of Tejano History project and their work with the Texas State Historical Association. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
Site Manager, Cody Mobley, explores the history of the Post Headquarters and the Sergeant Major’s Office at Fort McKavett State Historic Site. Cody explains how the building developed and changed over time, as well as, the various business conducted in the rooms of the building. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
State Historian Bill O'Neal concludes his session by taking live question and answers after his Texas Revolution talk. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
State Historian Bill O’Neal talks about the battle of San Jacinto, the concluding military event that deemed the Texas Revolution victorious over Mexico. He shares specific statistics, tactics, and motivations that pushed the Texans to victory in only 18 minutes. Houston came out as the hero after the battle of San Jacinto when he captured General Santa Anna. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State...
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...
Bill O’Neal discusses the fall of the Alamo and deaths of many Anglo Texans including William Barrett Travis, James Bowie, and others who fought to the death. He explains how the fighting only lasted 90 minutes, and comments on the aftermath and casualties on both sides. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
State Historian Bill O’Neal describes James Bowie, giving a brief history of his accomplishments in Texas and his role in its history leading up to the Texas Revolution. Bowie was a major figure who fought in The Battle of the Alamo and explained his efforts and courage that motivated many Texas to continue fighting against Mexican forces until their final victory at The Battle of San Jacinto. He also talks about...
State Historian Bill O'Neal introduces the battle of the Alamo, considered an iconic call to arms in the Texas Revolution and a shrine to Texas liberty. O'Neal describes how a small presidio mission established in 1718 by Franciscan missionaries in San Antonio became a source of Texas martyrdom and pride. O'Neal also introduces some of the main figures who played an important role, including Antonio Lopez de Santa...
This is the full webinar of Bill O'Neal's Texas Talk From the Alamo to San Jacinto. State Historian of Texas Bill O’Neal focuses this Texas Talk on two key battles of the Texas Revolution: the battle of the Alamo and San Jacinto. He expands on these two battles that became the most notable during the Texas Revolution. He provides a fascinating talk on historical figures and heroes of the Texas Revolution. Bill O’...
This is a 7:16 min clip of Gregg Dimmick's Texas Talk. Dimmick discusses the tensions regarding the returning of the cannon from Gonzales and more. Video courtesy of Texas Talks and the Texas State Historical Association.
The portrait of Bernardo de Galvez hangs in Congress today. Bernardo de Galvez was voted the eighth honorary citizen of the United States due to his tremendous courage and assistance to the Americans in the American Revolution.
Dr. McCaslin presents "Mending Fences: The Marqués de Rubí in 1767 and the Spanish in Texas." After King Carlos III of Spain appointed the Marqués de Rubí as the inspector of frontier presidios and commissioned him to remedy economic abuses and other urgent matters, Rubí began his inspection of the Spanish presidios in July 1767. He visited a number of missions and presidios in Texas before leaving in 1767. In all,...
Dr. McCaslin presents "Mending Fences: The Marqués de Rubí in 1767 and the Spanish in Texas." After King Carlos III of Spain appointed the Marqués de Rubí as the inspector of frontier presidios and commissioned him to remedy economic abuses and other urgent matters, Rubí began his inspection of the Spanish presidios in July 1767. He visited a number of missions and presidios in Texas before leaving in 1767. In all,...
This is an educational video about Texas geography, particularly counties in Texas
Dr. Dimmick answers questions after his talk on the Gonzales Cannon. He discusses his resources and documents, as well as the altercation.
Dimmick discuses the Gonzales cannon(s) from the Mexican side of the story using archival evidence.
Dr. Dimmick discusses the roles of Green DeWitt, Texas empressario from Gonzales, and Ramon Musquiz, political chief of Bexar. The story begins with DeWitt writing a letter to Musquiz asking for a cannon to defend Gonzales. There are diverse accounts regarding the size and structure of the cannons, one document calls it a bronze cannon and the other an iron one.
Gregg Dimmick, MD, a vocational archaeologist and expert on the Mexican Army in Texas, discusses the story of the 'Come and Take It' cannon from the Mexican viewpoint. Discover which cannon at Gonzales was of interest to the Mexican Army. Through examination of the Bexar County Archives, Dimmick presents his argument.
Dr. Crimm takes live questions from the webinar audience. Dr. Crimm fields a number of questions related to her talk, such as the Church, military, country and court records she used for researching these women. She also addresses the varied experiences of Petra Vela Kenedy and Patricia de Leon under Hispanic rule and Anglo law.
Dr. Crimm discusses Petra and Mifflin Kenedy. Petra came to Brownsville as an unmarried woman with several children. In Brownsville, she met a Pennsylvania Quaker who made a fortune from steam boating but was interested in ranching, Mifflin Kennedy. He became one of the richest ranchers behind Richard King in Texas. Two years after the birth of their first son together, Petra and Mifflin married in 1854. They...
Dr. Crimm discusses Petra Vela Vidal Kenedy, who became the wife of one of the two richest ranchers in Texas, Mifflin Kenedy. Dr. Crimm visited Mexico City to research Petra and her first husband, Louis Vidal, using the Mexican Military Archives. She noticed that Petra was in the census listed as a "servant" and did not appear to be married but her children bore Vidal's name. It appeared that her children were born...
Dr. Crimm discusses Patricia's legacy. During the Texas Revolution, General Rusk moved many Mexican families from the de Leon colony in an attempt to prevent them from aiding the Mexican government. During this instability, Patricia decided to move her family to New Orleans which she sold her ranch property to do. By 1845, Patricia returned to Texas and her children scattered. Many became involved in court battles....
Dr. Crimm discusses the politics in the de Leon colony (Victoria Colony). In 1824, Martin and Patricia de Leon, who had 10 children, set out to establish a colony in Texas. The location of the colony created political issues and discord, as it was surrounded by the colonies of Austin, DeWitt, and many other Anglo settlers. Martin's son, Fernando, become the land commissioner and was in charge of assigning land to...
Dr. Crimm discusses Patricia de Leon's life. Patricia donates her entire dowry to her husband to purchase land for what becomes the de Leon colony in Texas at the beginning of the 19th century. She gives birth to ten children who live through Mexican Independence in Mexico and Texas. The family returns to live in Mexico during the time of the Battle of Medina in Texas, which was devastating for many families and...
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