And so will the next one
Every Person Will Draw a Line,,,,,
Thank you for posting this. This is one subject in history where I’m woefully deficient. Incidentally, while researching events that took place in New York during 1835, I kept coming across announcements titled “Meeting in Support of the Texians” in the newspapers of the time. It’s intrigued me, to say the least.
The lady who wrote the article almost got to the crux of the matter when she mentioned “Molon Labe”, as a Greek term meaning Come and Take It. But she didn’t explain the rest of the story.
At the battle of Thermopolye, the Persian King Xerxes sent an ambassador to Leonidas, the Spartan King commanding the pitifully few forces opposing Xexes multitudes. He demanded that the Spartans surrender and give up their arms.
Leonidas, according to Herodotus, replied, “Molon Labe” or Cme and take them.
It’s not surprising that this response has resounded down through the ages and inspired the Texans who stood their ground for freedom at Gonzalez and the Alamo.
And now you know the rest of the story.
Of the multiple banners that flew over DeWitt Colony territory and those under which DeWitt colonists served and died, this famous flag is one which originated solely within and is unique to the DeWitt Colony and a symbol of contribution of the region to the Texas Independence movement. The banner can be said to be the counterpart in concept and message of resistance as the early "Don't Tread on Me" flags of the American Revolution. Some say it was made from the white silk of the wedding dress of Empresario DeWitt's daughter, Naomi, and was flown by DeWitt Colonists reinforced by volunteers from the other settlements at the confrontation with the Mexican army in October 1835 over the Gonzales cannon (Battle of Gonzales). Other reports suggest it was made after the confrontation during the muster at Gonzales for defense of Texas and the assault on Bexar.