This week in my ICM 501 – Theories of Interactive Media class at Quinnipiac University, we are assigned to make a video and post it to the web. Since I am visiting Texas this week, I made a short video about one of the sites I visited.
In Greek history, the Battle of Thermopylae is a significant part of the turning point of the Greek rebellion which would eventually defeat Xerxes and his massive Persian army from their world conquest. Though the Greeks were eventually defeated in this last stand that lasted seven days, Leonidas’ small army of about 7000 was able to hold off the Persian army (legend has it, their numbers were more than a million) with enough passion (standing until the vast majority had been killed) and giving rise for the rest of Greece, with their Navy, to eventually come around and push back, eventually earning their freedom from Persia. This was dramatized in the movie 300.
Similar to Thermopylae, the Battle of the Alamo is an American last-ditch defense for the freedom of the Texians from Mexico and Santa Ana‘s thirst for expanding territory and centralized rule. Santa Ana’s army marched hundreds of miles with roughly 1500 soldiers to take on about 100 defenders at the Alamo. Among these defenders were members of 22 of the United States and 7 nations. Notable figures include James Bowie, for whom the Bowie Knife is named, William B. Travis, and Davy Crockett, with his coon-skin cap.
Though there was only two survivors on the Texian side of the battle, it lasted about two weeks and led to Santa Ana personally marching to San Antonio with a larger army. When he was captured, as a prisoner of war, he negotiated the freedom of Texas for his release.
Both of these last-stand efforts may have ended in immediate defeat of their individual battles, but were the turning points for their respective wars. They led to the eventual victory and freedom for their nations who were inspired by a few martyrs that were willing to risk everything for freedom.
The following is the video I produced on location at the Alamo during my visit: