Remember Goliad! A History of La Bahia

Remember Goliad! A History of La Bahia

Remember Goliad! A History of La Bahia

Remember Goliad! A History of La Bahia

Synopsis

When Sam Houston's revolutionary soldiers won the Battle of San Jacinto and secured independence for Texas, their battle cry was Remember the Alamo Remember Goliad Everyone knows about the Alamo, but far fewer know about the stirring events at Goliad.
Craig Roell's lively new study of Goliad brings to life this most important Texas community.
Though its population has never exceeded two thousand, Goliad has been an important site of Texas history since Spanish colonial days. It is the largest town in the county of the same name, which was one of the original counties of Texas created in 1836 and was named for the vast territory that was governed as the municipality of Goliad under the Republic of Mexico.
Goliad offers one of the most complete examples of early Texas courthouse squares, and has been listed as a historic preservation district on the National Register. But the sites that forever etched this sleepy Texas town into historical consciousness are those made infamous by two of the most controversial episodes of the entire Texas Revolution- the Fannin Battleground at nearby Coleto Creek, and Nuestra Seora de Loreto (popularly called Presidio La Bah a), site of the Goliad Massacre on Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836.
This book tells the sad tale of James Fannin and his men who fought the Mexican forces, surrendered with the understanding that they would be treated as prisoners of war, and then under orders from Santa Anna were massacred. Like the men who died for Texas independence at the Alamo, the nearly 350 men who died at Goliad became a rallying cry. Both tragic stories became part of the air Texans breathe, but the same process that elevated Crockett, Bowie, Travis, and their Alamo comrades to heroic proportions has clouded Fannin in mystery and shadow.
In "Remember Goliad , " Craig Roell tells the history of the region and the famous battle there with clarity and precision. This exciting story is handsomely illustrated in a popular edition that will be of interest to scholars, students, and teachers."

Excerpt

A wild, recky, Indiany looking place full of lawless men [who] would throw the rawhide on to [anyone] in a way that was a pity and a caution.” Such was the way a resident described Goliad during the days of the Republic of Texas (1836–1845). Things have calmed down considerably since, but any visitor to this old settlement cannot escape the rich heritage of the area, one of the most historic in the state. Though its population has never exceeded two thousand, Goliad is the largest town in the county of the same name, which was one of the original counties of Texas, created in 1836, and named for the vast territory that was governed as the municipality of Goliad under the Republic of Mexico. Giant oak trees dominate a grassy landscape traditionally given to grazing herds of cattle and horses. The San Antonio River winds slowly from its namesake city through Goliad on its way to San Antonio Bay, a reminder of the venerable link between San Antonio, Goliad, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Though cattle, agribusiness, and oil now provide the economic foundation of the area, tourism is also a vital component. Goliad, situated about a hundred miles south of San Antonio at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highways 77A and 183, offers one of the most complete examples of early Texas courthouse squares, which has been named a historic preservation district by the National Register. Besides the town itself, other historic sites . . .

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