A frontier girl poses during 2016 Battle of San Jacinto re-enactment at the Battlefield site near Deer Park, Texas. On April 21, 1836, The rebel Texian army, which consisted of approximately 900 men under the command of General Sam Houston, surprised The Mexican army during an important battle which help shape the US. The Mexican Army had approximately 1,300 men and was under under the command of Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna. The Battle began at approximately 4:30 p.m. when the Texians, advancing under cries of “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” attacked the Mexican encampment. The Battle lasted just 18 minutes, although the slaughter continued for hours. Only nine Texans were killed or mortally wounded. Mexican soldiers killed numbered 630. More than 700 Mexican soldiers were taken prisoner including Santa Anna himself. The Battle of San Jacinto avenged the massacre of Texan soldiers at the Alamo (March 6, 1836) and Goliad (March 27, 1836), and gave Texas its independence from Mexico.
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