The Alamo, the former Spanish Catholic Mission, where in 1836 about 200 people fighting for Texan independence were besieged by the Mexican president, General Santa Anna. After thirteen days, they were driven out and slaughtered by columns of Mexican soldiers. The Alamos has thus come to be a cornerstone of the Texan consciousness, symbolizing the Texan spirit of independence, being an example of great courage in the face of adversity. The only thing is, it would have been considerably more remarkable if they had in fact succeeded in defending the Alamo—a real David and Goliath story—but, as it is, we have a story of some men getting besieged and then getting defeated by the far stronger army which surrounded them. Say what you like about spirit of independence—and it is remarkable that they were able to hold out for so long—but it was still a resounding defeat.
There is not much to see in the Alamo today, which is of course a significant stop on the tourist trail of San Antonio: the authorities have turned it into a shrine to the men who died defending the Alamo, with no divergent opinion allowed.