Show Notes: The Siege of Béxar

Tracy Wilson

"Crockett Street Looking West, San Antonio de Bexar." Painting by Hermann Lungkwitz,1857.

When it comes to the Texas Revolution, the Alamo gets the lion's share of the fame - so much so that there are two episodes in our archive on the subject. One is on the Alamo, and the other is on Jim Bowie. But at the other end of the revolution was a different siege: the siege of Béxar. That's what we're talking about today.

Folks have also let us know that locals pronounce Bexar as "Bear." We're sorry. We consulted Forvo on this one, and it led us right astray. (However, at the time we were discussing, it would have been BEY-har, which also doesn't align with Forvo's Spanish pronunciation. We would not have pronounced it "Bear" even if we had known that's how Bexar County, sans accented "e," is pronounced today.)

Our listener mail is from Raegan, about our series on segregation.

For more knowledge: Why do we remember the Alamo?

Episode link: The Siege of Béxar

My research:

  • Alwyn Barr, "BÉXAR, SIEGE OF," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed April 16, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
  • Donovan, James. "Blood of Heroes: The 13-day Struggle for the Alamo and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation." Little, Brown and Company. 2012.
  • Kenmotsu, Nancy. "Who Were the "Coahuiltecans"?" Texas Beyond History. University of Texas at Austin.
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  • "Texas Annexation." Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History. Ed. Thomas Carson and Mary Bonk. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 2000. 996-997. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 17 Apr. 2015.