A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 06, 2008
Cradle of Texas Liberty (Alamo/San Antonio nickname)

The Battle of the Alamo (1836) is well-remembered today by anyone who visits the historic Alamo mission in the city of San Antonio. Although the Texans who fought there lost the battle to Mexican forces, it was an important battle in the fight for an independent Texas.

Both the Alamo mission and the city of San Antonio have been called the “Cradle of Texas Liberty” since the 1800s.


Wikipedia: Alamo Mission in San Antonio
The Alamo (San Antonio de Valero Mission) is a former mission and fortress compound, now a museum, in San Antonio, Texas located at 300 Alamo Plaza. The compound, which originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. After its abandonment as a mission, it was used as a fortress in the 19th century and was the scene of several military actions, including most notably the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, one of the pivotal battles between the forces of the Republic of Texas and Mexico during the Texas Revolution.

19 December 1860, Milwaukee (WI) Daily Sentinel, pg. 1, col. 2:
“Let it go out throughout the length and breadth of our broad state that old Bexar—San Antonio the city of the Alamo and the cradle of Texas liberty, is UNION to the back-bone.”
-- Cincinnati Gazette.

20 February 1875, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 2, col. 4:
But if the worst comes to the worst and our State is divided, you, sir, may have the fount where Texas liberty was baptized on the glorious plains of San Jacinto, but we shall keep the cradle of Texas liberty, the sacred, blood-stained Alamo.

30 June 1888, San Antonio (TX) Daily Light, pg. 2, col. 1:
San Antonio is the cradle of Texas liberty.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Alamo, the cradle of Texas liberty : with a description of San Antonio
by Jonathan Bowman
Type:  Book; English
Publisher: [S.l. : s.n.], 1897
OCLC: 9679435
Related Subjects: Alamo—Poetry. | San Antonio (Tex.)—Poetry. 

OCLC WorldCat record
The Alamo : the cradle of Texas liberty
by Stephen F Austin
Type:  Book; English
Publisher: San Antonio, Tex. : International Ptg. Co., ©1936.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Wednesday, August 06, 2008 • Permalink