This is an illustrated composite of articles concerning famous battles prior to the twentieth century.
Famous Battles of Pre-Modern History
From Marathon in the B.C.E. to Rorke's Drift in the late nineteenth century, the events are brought to life in an informative, easy to read, and entertaining style.
Learn about the real Spartacus, and William Wallace's battle at Stirling Bridge. Witness the events at Waterloo, the Alamo and Gettysburg and watch them unfold through words and pictures.
Read how an army of Zulu warriors annihilated more than 1,000 British soldiers at Isanlwana, but was held up by a small force of less than 150 men at Rorke's Drift. What really happened at the Battle of the Little Big Horn?
Did Travis draw "the line" at the Alamo? How did the Greeks, led by 300 Spartans under Leonides confound a huge Persian army at Thermopylae? Learn this and more!
On the western side of a large curve in the San Antonio River lies the town of San Antonio de Bexar.
Named for the Portuguese Saint Anthony,Bexar grew to be the largest settlement in the northern Mexican province of Teas. It had a population of around 1,800 people.
And it had always had a military flavor to it. Indeed,it was meant to be a fortress outpost to defend against Indian attacks. There was also a previous history with the Spanish when this territory belonged to them.
To the east, across the river,and a few hundred yards away was an old broken down stone and adobe mission complex by the name of Mission San Antonio de Valero.
It had been around since 1758, but had been abandoned since 1798.
It had once been a Spanish military outpost occupied by "The Second Flying Company of SAn Carlos de Parras" -- also called the "Alamo Company".
So now, most people simply called the place the Alamo.