The Surrender of Santa Anna. Painting by William Huddle, 1886.
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto in Texas. On April 21, 1836, Texas won the Battle of San Jacinto and secured its independence from Mexico. The entire fight lasted only 18 minutes. According to the Texas State Library, "it sealed the fate of three nations. Texas became an independent republic. Mexico would never regain what it lost in spite of sporadic incursions during the 1840s. The United States would go on to acquire not only the Republic of Texas in 1845, but Mexican lands to the west, including Arizona, Nevada, California, and Utah, after the Mexican War in 1848."
Beginning around 3:30 P.M. Central Time, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Facebook page will begin posting images of the battle on their page, which is at this link.