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I am Jeremy - Gaven's father and am allowing him to use this address for the purpose of the questions he has on his 6th grade NHD project.

1) Do you think The Battle of San Jacinto is a good topic for NHD?
2) Do you think it fits the theme this year of Exploration, Encounter & Exchange?
3)Should I include the Alamo also or focus on only on San Jacinto?
4)Do have any suggestions on research sources?

Thank you for your time

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Hello, Happy to help:

1) Do you think The Battle of San Jacinto is a good topic for NHD?

Yes, the Battle of San Jacinto was a critical event in American History.  Without that victory, it may have been that Texas would not have obtained independence and eventually joined the United States.

2) Do you think it fits the theme this year of Exploration, Encounter & Exchange?

Sure, the Battle, seen in a larger context, is the result of a clash of cultures between the descendants of Spanish colonists and the descendants of English colonists.

3)Should I include the Alamo also or focus on only on San Jacinto?

I would recommend an introduction that briefly discusses the events leading up to the Battle of San Jacinto.  Certainly the Alamo and the Goliad massacres are a big part of that.

4)Do have any suggestions on research sources?

There are a number of good online resources, including the following:

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qes04

https://www.tsl.texas.gov/treasures/republic/san-jacinto.html

http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/The_Battle/

http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/ccbn/dewitt/batsanjacinto.htm

There are also a number of good books that go into more detail:

The Texas War of Independence 1835-36: From Outbreak to the Alamo to San Jacinto
by Alan Huffines (2005)

Eighteen Minutes: The Battle of San Jacinto and the Texas Independence Campaign by Stephen L. Moore (2003)

The Battle of San Jacinto (Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series) by James W. Pohl (1989)

Sword of San Jacinto: A Life of Sam Houston by Marshall De Bruhl (1993)

Sam Houston by James L. Haley (2004)

The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston (Texas Classics) by Marquis James (1988)

Santa Anna of Mexico by Will Fowler (2009)


I hope this helps!
- Mike

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