This was the day the Alamo fell after a 13 day siege by Mexican troops under President General Santa Anna. All of the 180 defenders were killed, including Jim Bowie, William Barret Travis and frontier legend, Davy Crockett. Santa Anna's perceived cruelty during the battle inspired a desire for revenge. The Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution to make Texas a republic. While the facts surrounding the siege of the Alamo continue to be debated, there is no doubt about what the battle has come to symbolize. People worldwide continue to remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. For this reason, the battle inspired countless songs and at least 5 movies. The Alamo remains hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.