|| The men who prepared to defend the Alamo on that fateful day in Texas, 1836, had no thought of making history. A few like Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie were already famous, but the rest were unknown volunteers. Whatever their backgrounds, they had one trait in common: the unflinching bravery to stand with less than 200 men against the onslaught of Santa Anna's thousands of Mexican soldiers. The story of the Alamo is a story of courage. Though the Texasns lost the battle, they fought to the last man against overwhelming odds, and their heroic defense cost the Mesicans dearly. In fact it was not until all of Texas rallied to the cry, "Remember the Alamo!" that Santa Anna discovered just how costly his victory at the Alamo had been.