To Experience Texas History, Look Beyond The Alamo To Goliad

“It isn’t what you expect,” people told me. “You’ll be disappointed.”

A lot of people had the same reaction about my upcoming visit to the Alamo. After a year in Texas, we decided to take our family to visit the famous shrine to the Texas Revolution in San Antonio. When we got there, even my children sensed what our native Texan friends had been telling us.

I have visited many different battlefields from the Revolution and the Civil War, but the Alamo was different. Most battlefields are national parks that have preserved the tranquility and dignity of the historic sites. The fact that the Alamo was located just outside the town of Bexar in Mexican Tejas and, after Texas independence, the city of San Antonio grew up around it probably accounts for much of why the Alamo battlefield is different.

When we arrived at the Alamo, we found that, unlike the Gettysburg battlefield, for instance, the Alamo was surrounded by a carnival atmosphere akin to that of a boardwalk. While the actual remnants of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, the old Spanish mission that became the Alamo fortress, were a solemn place, across the street was a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, The Amazing Mirror Maze and Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. To us, the festive atmosphere seemed out of place on the site where hundreds of soldiers on both sides had died.

A few years later, we made a brief detour through Goliad, the south Texas town most known to outsiders as the town that didn’t send reinforcements to the Alamo. Goliad is home to two old Spanish missions that have been restored. The two missions, Espíritu Santo at Goliad State Park and Presidio La Bahia just down the road, are much better representations of the history of the Texas revolution.

In particular, the Presidio La Bahia, which has been completely restored, stands in contrast to the Alamo, most of which was destroyed in the battle. The building commonly referred to as the Alamo was the mission’s chapel, only one small part of entire complex. The Presidio La Bahia gives visitors a feel for what the Alamo would have been like in 1836.

While there was no major battle at Goliad, La Bahia was the site of a lesser known massacre of Texas soldiers by the Mexican army. Shortly after the fall of the Alamo, Col. James Fannin’s men surrendered to the Mexicans and were imprisoned at Goliad. Santa Ana ordered the execution of the prisoners a short time later. More Texans were killed in the Goliad Massacre than at the Alamo. Their common grave and memorial is just outside the presidio walls.

Today, Goliad State Park and the Presidio La Bahia, privately owned by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Texas, both provide good museums with that describe the area’s history in context and showcase period artifacts. La Bahia also features a short video that recounts the Texas Revolution.

Whether you’re a Texan or visitor to the Lone Star State, if you are in San Antonio, by all means, visit the Alamo. From the bar of the historic Menger Hotel, where Teddy Roosevelt enlisted the Rough Riders, to the Riverwalk and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio has a lot to offer as a vacation destination.

But don’t be afraid to get off the beaten path. If you’re interested in the Texas Revolution, a side trip to Goliad may be even more enlightening and rewarding.

NAACP Issues Its First ‘Travel Advisory,’ And You Won’t Believe Where For

For the first time in its history, the NAACP has issued a travel advisory, warning minorities not to travel to the state of Missouri. The warning, which is styled after the State Department’s travel advisories, originated earlier this summer from – of all places – the Missouri chapter of the organization.

The official release begins by explaining the nature of the advisory;

The advisory means each individual should pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri. Unlike seasonal weather advisories, where no unnecessary travel on city streets or parking might be directed, the NAACP wants to make Missourians and our visitors aware of looming danger which could include the following by example of what has happened to some residents and visitors…

The advisory goes on to list a bevy of incidents – both accounts of actual situations and the type of imagined hysteria that the modern left is famous for – against African-Americans, Muslims, and the LGBT community. A later paragraph actually ties in 19th century history, bringing up Dred Scott and the Missouri Compromise.

The impetus for the travel advisory is Senate Bill 43, which, according to the legislation itself, “modifies and creates new provisions relating to unlawful discriminatory practices.” The NAACP calls it a “Jim Crow Bill” before advising minorities to:

  • warn your families, co-workers and anyone visiting Missouri to beware of the safety concerns with travel in Missouri,

  • notify members of your trade associations, social and civic organizations that they are traveling and living in Missouri at their own risk and subject to unnecessary search seizure and potential arrest, and

  • file and seek help on any existing claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistle blowing ASAP before your legal rights are lost if Senate Bill 43 is not vetoed by Governor Greitiens.

The advisory remains in effect until “at least” August 28, when the bill goes into effect, provided the governor does not veto it.

With Help From Democrats, Hotel Industry Continues to Wage War on Airbnb

Startup and hotel disruptor Airbnb is the hospitality industry’s crosshairs in 2017.

Last June, the company was subjected to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation after three Democrat U.S. Senators –Dianne Feinstein of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii–sent a letter asking for such a probe. Their reasoning? The company is supposedly racist and encourages tax evasion. Ironic for them to target a company that supposedly shares their social justice credo…However, innovation is wholly admonished by limousine liberals.

In October, the company suffered a huge blow in New York City after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signed a bill into law placing steep fines on Airbnb hosts who break local housing regulations. Goodness…

Here’s more on this continued negative campaign against Airbnb as reported by NYTimes:

The plan was laid out in two separate documents that the organization presented to its board in November and January. In the documents, which The New York Times obtained, the group sketched out the progress it had already made against Airbnb, and described how it planned to rein in the start-up in the future.

The plan was a “multipronged, national campaign approach at the local, state and federal level,” according to the minutes of the association’s November board meeting.

The documents provide an inside look at how seriously the American hotel industry is taking Airbnb as a threat — and the extent to which it is prepared to take action against it.

The objective is laid out as the following and can be read in its entirety here:

“Objective: Build on the success of 2016 efforts to ensure comprehensive legislation in key markets around the country and create a receptive environment to launch a wave of strong bills at the state level while advancing a national narrative that furthers the focus on reining in commercial operators and the need for commonsense regulations on short-term rentals.”

This is not new. Ever since the San Francisco-based company successfully got off the ground, it’s been met by constant challenges from local governments, so-called housing rights groups, and politicians from both parties — namely Democrats. (As evidenced by the three senators’ letter from last June.)

Airbnb has successfully disrupted the $1.1 trillion hotel industry–for the better. As I previously documented here at The Resurgent, the “Belong Anywhere” company isn’t going anywhere. It’s our job as supporters of free enterprise to support it–even if we disagree with some of their mission statement.