And that’s only part of our day! Join us on Monday afternoon as we walk the field where the Battle of San Jacinto — one of history’s most decisive military engagements — was fought, as Sam Houston’s Texans defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna’s larger Mexican force, securing Texas’s independence in 1836. Take your family to the top of the San Jacinto Monument — the world’s tallest war memorial at 570 feet — for an amazing view of the battlefield below. Along the way, learn the story behind Sam Houston’s rise, a poignant example of manly discipleship.
Day 2, July 14: San Antonio
It was almost the death of a vision.
On December 23, 1820, an enterprising Moses Austin rode into the dusty town of San Antonio de Béjar to petition the Spanish governor of Texas with a bold plan — to settle 300 American families in Mexico’s northern province. Once gaining audience with Governor Antonio Martínez, Austin was abruptly spurned. Not only was his proposal rejected, but he was ordered to leave town immediately.
Yet God had other plans. As Austin walked dejectedly across the city square, he met an old acquaintance, a Dutchman known as Baron de Bastrop. When Bastrop heard of Austin’s plight, he appealed to the governor for a reprieve. Martínez relented, and three days later, Austin was allowed to make a second pitch for his settlement scheme. Surprisingly, authorities in New Spain approved the grant. While Moses suddenly died, his 27-year-old son Stephen braved many hardships in carrying out his father’s grand vision — a pivotal turning point in Texas history. Were it not for this feat, there would have been no Battle of the Alamo in 1836.