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BLOG # 147

BLOG # 147

BLOG # 147

Burial Ground Under the Alamo Stirs a Texas Feud

Native Americans built the Alamo and hundreds of converts were buried there.

Descendants are now fuming because Texas has rejected efforts to protect the site.

The Alamo was the site of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, as well as the well-known 1836 battle in the Texas Revolution.

But long before the Alamo garrisoned secessionists, Spanish missionaries used the site, known as the Mission San Antonio de Valero, to spread Christianity among Native Americans. People from different tribes built the Alamo with their own hands, and missionaries buried many of the converts, as well as colonists from Mexico and Spain, around the mission or right under it.

Now, a new battle over the Alamo is brewing, as Native Americans and descendants of some of San Antonio’s founding families seek protections for the human remains while Texas officials press ahead with a contentious $400 million renovation plan for the site. The feud comes at a time when political leaders in Texas are trying to bolster longstanding depictions of the state’s history, restrict how teachers discuss the role of slavery in the Texas Revolution and target hundreds of books for potential removal from schools. As critics accuse leaders of political overreach, the dispute over the burial grounds has raised questions about whether the narrow focus on the 1836 battle at the Alamo comes at the expense of the site’s Native American history.

Efforts to revise history to downplay the diverse contributions from many ethnic groups has accelerated since an openly racist ex-president made it clear who were his “American” people.
Los esfuerzos por revisar la historia para restar importancia a las diversas contribuciones de muchos grupos étnicos se han acelerado desde que un expresidente abiertamente racista dejó en claro quiénes eran su pueblo “estadounidense”.