Photo courtesy Lori MartinJuly Aurora Cemetery Historical Marker The oldest known graves here, dating from as early as the 's, are those of the Randall and Rowlett families. Finis Dudley Beauchampa Confederate veteran from Mississippi, donated the 3-acre site to the newly formed Aurora Lodge No.
The Myth of Emily Morgan captures the moments after the Texas heroine stepped from Santa Anna's tent, having distracted the Mexican general into defeat at the Battle of San Jacinto. But did she even exist? West or Emily Morgan.
History purports to offer a straightforward presentation of unvarnished facts. If only it were that simple. Davy did die 50 years later at the Alamo, on March 6, How preferable, though, to picture Davy as Fess Parker portrayed him for Walt Disney—rugged face blending into the Texas flag a split second before Mexican bayonets claim his life during a heroic to-the-last-man stand.
In a word, legend: Myth, which presents larger-than-life characters not derived from people living or dead, also gets added to the mix. Crockett, like many other fact-based heroes, has come down to us as part history, part legend.
Emily, the Yellow Rose, proves more difficult to pin down. She confounds boundaries between history, legend and myth as do few other figures in American folklore. On a recent visit to the Alamo, a tourist from New York asked an attendant about her.
Houston and about volunteers had been steadily withdrawing eastward toward Louisiana, closely followed by Santa Anna with more than 1, men. The fight lasted 18 minutes. The Texians suffered just nine fatalities. First to put this notion into print was English ethnologist William Bollaert — Arriving in Galveston inBollaert toured the Republic of Texas for two years.
On July 7,Bollaert scribbled in his diary: Just as cowboys regaled gullible dudes with tall tales of prowess on the prairie, Bollaert perhaps was taken in by some inspired yarn-spinner.
Several historians do accept him at face value. Houston, according to biographers, told more than one whopper in his time. Why, though, would he fabricate such an unusual story? With devoted Jacksonian John Tyler the sitting U. After nearly a decade as an independent republic, Texas would likely make the transition to statehood.
In doubt only was whether the latest state would be slave or free. Many of the earliest settlers had arrived from the North, and the Mexican Republic had outlawed slavery. Noteworthy, however, is that a large influx of Southern immigrants did not occur until after the Texas Revolution.
Houston himself is known to have been a civil rights advocate, most overtly for the Cherokee Nation. Various episodes suggest he did not think highly of slavery. Inafter Deep South immigrants had come to dominate the new republic, the Texas Congress passed a law dictating that all free blacks must leave Texas; President Houston issued a reprieve the following year.
Two decades later, on the cusp of the American Civil War, then-Governor Houston refused to pledge his loyalty to the Confederacy and was ejected from office.
Sam Houston might have drawn from the Bible, a volume he knew well, for his tale. In the Apocryphal Book of Judith, the beautiful namesake Jewish heroine beguiles enemy general Holofernes, then slips into his chamber to behead him in his sleep, thus encouraging her people in a coming battle.
The story suggests that women could harness their physical allure for the greater good and that those who did so ought not to be regarded as temptresses but as heroines.
The end justifies the means. Might then a mulatto woman, real or imagined, do the same for a modern-day Promised Land called Texas? Houston may have toned down the tale to render it more believable to his contemporary audience. If Houston did concoct the story for the good of Texas, the irony is that Bollaert failed to spread it.
Though he would publish widely on his return to London, the man wrote little about the Lone Star State. When he did, Bollaert remained mute as to his most intriguing discovery.But eighteenth-century conflicts were not limited to the European wars for empire.
In Virginia and the Carolinas, English-speaking colonists pushed aside the Tuscaroras, the Yamasees, and the. The recorded history of Texas begins with the arrival of the first Spanish conquistadors in the region of North America now known as Texas in , who found the region populated by numerous Native American tribes.
The Native Americans' ancestors had been there for more than 10, years as evidenced by the discovery of the remains of prehistoric Leanderthal Lady. There's a story Bud Frazier tells attheheels.com was around , and Frazier, now one of the world's most celebrated heart surgeons, was a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine.
The recorded history of Texas begins with the arrival of the first Spanish conquistadors in the region of North America now known as Texas in , who found the region populated by numerous Native American tribes.
The Native Americans' ancestors had been there for more than 10, years as evidenced by the discovery of the remains of prehistoric Leanderthal Lady. Legal ethics site for lawyers with principal focus on conflicts of interest. The Complete Idiot's Guide to European History, 2nd Edition: Understand the People, Politics, and Conflicts That Shaped a Continent 2nd Edition.