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On April 21, 1836, at this historic site the Battle of San Jacinto – the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution led by General Sam Houston occurred. The Texans defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican army in a 18-minute fight that resulted about 630 Mexican soldiers killed and 208 wounded and 730 captured including Santa Anna while only 9 Texans died and 30 wounded. During the short fighting, Houston was shot in the left ankle, two of his horses were shot, and Santa Anna escaped. The President of Mexico – Santa Anna – was captured the following day and became a prisoner of war. 3 weeks later, he accepted to sign the peace treaty that dictated that Mexican army must leave the region, paving the way for the Republic of Texas to become an independent country, while Sam Houston became a national celebrity.

Battleship Texas participated in both World Wars.

During 2nd World War, at 3:00 on D-Day, Texas entered the Omaha Western fire support lane to join the initial bombardment commenced at 05:50. At 12:23, Texas closed to only 2,700 m from the water's edge, fired upon snipers and machine gun nests hidden in a defile just off the beach.

On 20/03/1948, Texas arrived her new anchorage along the busy Houston Ship Channel near the San Jacinto Monument, at San Jacinto State Park, where she was turned over to the State of Texas the next day to serve as a permanent memorial. Texas was the first battleship memorial museum in the USA.

This photo was shot from the observation floor at 489 feet high inside the 570ft Monument.

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