How Alamo mythology got the upper hand on its history

San Antonio Current | April 20, 2012
The Battle of the Flowers began in 1891 when a small retinue of horse-drawn carriages and bicycles rambled to the Alamo. In imitation of European festivals of the time, San Antonio society ladies — members of the city's largely Anglo economic elite — threw flowers at each other in mock fight to honor the defenders of the Alamo and to commemorate the surprise victory at San Jacinto by Sam Houston's rebel forces over Santa Anna's army on April 21, 1836.

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