Explore the real story behind the Alamo with this companion web site to “Remember the Alamo,” an American Experience documentary presented by PBS. The program, which first aired Feb. 2, takes an in-depth look at the life of Jose Antonio Navarro and his group of Mexican Tejanos, who started the original battle for Texas. On the web site, students can research the life of the famed Tejano leader and his efforts to protect the sovereignty of his homeland as it passed through the hands of multiple governments. “After years of research in archives and libraries, and dozens of discussions with descendants and scholars, we have created a film that challenges popular notions of what happened at the Alamo in March of 1836 and in Texas,” said producer Joseph Tovares, who is himself a descendent of Tejanos from San Antonio. Features include links to historic maps and an online poll that asks: “Would you move to an unknown frontier, sight unseen, if it meant you would be free of debt?” The site also provides access to eyewitness accounts of Alamo survivors, insight from the filmmaker, a historical timeline chronicling the settlement’s most turbulent years from 1718-1871, and a teacher’s resource guide for teaching the history of the Alamo in class.

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