Site of the First Shot
This was the site of the First Shot of the Texas Revolution.
The 'Come & Take It' cannon fired the first shot on October 2nd, 1835 in Gonzales for Texas' freedom. In 1831 the cannon was loaned by the Mexican Government to the people of Gonzales for their protection against the Tonkawa Indians. In September of 1835, Santa Anna ordered Col. Ugartechea, who was the Commandant at Bejar (San Antonio) to return the cannon to the Casas Reales (Mexican Armory at Bejar) and Lt. Francisco Castaneda along with150 Dragoons was sent to pick up the cannon. The request was declined. For many days the Mexican tried to cross the river but were held back by Gonzaleans who sat on the east bank of the Guadalupe River. Then reinforcements arrived and the canon was dug up by the Gonzaleans from where they had hidden it in a peach orchard and was mounted on the axle of a cotton wagon. Two local ladies took a wedding dress and stitched it into a white flag which displayed a black star, a cannon, and the words 'COME AND TAKE IT'. On the night of October 1, 1835, 160 Texans and reinforcements, crossed the Guadalupe River in thick fog about 6 miles north west of Gonzales, and came face to face with the Mexican forces. It was here that the cannon fired - a charge of made up of pieces of scraps of metal and chains which make the Mexicans disperse and withdraw to San Antonio. As a result of the blast, one Mexican died and ultimately, this was the start of the Texas Revolution.
Location : 7 miles southwest of Gonzales on Hwy 97.
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Shiner lies about 25 mins to the south (about 18 miles)and is reported as the cleanest little city in the US. The most well known attraction of Shiner, which only has a population of around 2,300 people, is the brewery. That alone brings people into Shiner including businessmen who travel the route from San Antonio to Houston and find the time to stop by for a little sampling. Take a tour through the brewery, it is well worth it.
San Antonio lies abouat 65 miles northwest of Gonzales and is the eighth largest city in the U.S. and the third biggest in Texas. The famed Alamo, River Walk, Tower of the Americas, the Mercado Mexican-style marketplace, theme parks, art museums are well patronised. San Antonio certainly lives up to its reputation as one of the top tourist destination in the country.
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