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The San Jacinto Monument

The San Jacinto Monument is the world's tallest war memorial, standing 15 feet taller than the Washington Monument and honors all those who fought for Texas' independence.

The Battle of San Jacinto was fought at this site on April 21, 1836. The Texian army consisted of approximately 935 men under the command of General Sam Houston. The Mexican army consisted of approximately 1,250 men under the command of Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna.

The Battle began at approximately 4:30 p.m. when the Texians, advancing under cries of “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” attacked the Mexican encampment. The Battle lasted just 18 minutes, although the slaughter continued for hours. Only nine Texans were killed or mortally wounded. Mexican soldiers killed numbered 630. More than 600 Mexican soldiers were taken prisoner. The Battle of San Jacinto avenged the massacre of Texan soldiers at the Alamo (March 6, 1836) and Goliad (March 27, 1836), and gave Texas its independence from Mexico. The Battle also opened the door for the westward expansion of the United States.

The San Jacinto Museum was chartered in 1938 to “preserve and revisualize the history of early Texas.” The Museum’ s collection spans more than four centuries of early Texas history, from the beginnings of European activity in the New World through Texas as a state in the United States. Emphasis is on colonial Texas as a part of Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the early days of statehood. The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library houses a collection of more than 250,000 documents and manuscripts and 30,000 volumes of rare books and pamphlets.

The Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies and the Museum’s presentation Texas Forever!! The Battle of San Jacinto opened in October, 1990.

There's something for everyone at the San Jacinto Museum of History.

Experience the world's tallest memorial column, witness revolution in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre for Texas Studies. Discover our nation's past among the museum's exhibits and antiquities. Find the best in Texana books and gifts at the Museum Store.

And walk the battlefield that gave birth to the American West.

Enjoy the nature trail, go biking or participate in one of the state's most interesting birding environments. 

From art and artifacts to biking and birding-San Jacinto is where America goes to see its past and enjoy its present.


One Monument Circle La Porte, TX 77571

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