Battle of Gonzales
The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between rebellious Texian settlers and a detachment of Mexican army soldiers. In 1831, Mexican authorities lent the settlers of Gonzalez a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids.
About Battle of Gonzales in brief
The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between rebellious Texian settlers and a detachment of Mexican army soldiers. In 1831, Mexican authorities lent the settlers of Gonzalez a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. As the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, in 1835 several states revolted. The cannon’s fate is disputed. It may have been buried and rediscovered in 1936, or it may have was seized by Mexican troops after the Battle of the Alamo. The skirmish had little military significance, but it marked a clear break between the colonists and the Mexican government and is considered to have been the start of theTexas Revolution. The Mexican Constitution of 1824 liberalized the country’s immigration policies, allowing foreigners to settle in border regions such as Mexican Texas. The DeWitt Colony quickly became a favorite raiding target of local Karankawa, Tonkawa, and Comanche tribes, and in July 1826 they destroyed the capital city, Gonzales. In June, a small group of settlers in Texas used the political unrest as an excuse to rebel against customs duties, in an incident known as the Anahuac Disturbances. In a town meeting, three citizens voted to hand over the gun to forestall an attack; the remainder, including alcalde Andrew Ponton, voted to stand ground. According to historian Stephen Hardin, \”the cannon became an unlikely rallying point and point of honor and honor for Gonzales citizens.
Gonzales had no intention of handing over the weapon at a time of growing tension and a growing time of need for self-defence” The soldiers were escorted from the town without the cannon until Texian Militia arrived, which instigated the ensuing battle. The battle was won by the Texian militia, and the cannon was returned to Gonzales by the end of the day. It is believed that the cannon is still in the hands of the descendants of the Gonzales settlers today, and may even have been used for military purposes in the Second World War. The cannons may also have been found and used in the construction of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, which was built in the early 20th century to protect the Mexican Embassy from attacks by the Comanche and other Native American tribes in the region. It has been suggested that it was used to guard the Texas-Mexico border from Comanche attacks in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but this has not been confirmed by historian Timothy Todish, who says the cannon has never been seen in the present-day Mexican government. The gun was used by Texians to defend themselves against Comanche raiders, and was later used to defend the town against Comanches in the 1835 Battle of San Jacinto, which took place near the mouth of the Guadalupe River. The town was rebuilt the following year, but Comanche continued to stage periodic raids of the settlement over the next few years.