In seventh-grade Texas history textbooks, Bernardo Gutiérrez de Lara figures only peripherally in the events covered in this series. In reality, he may have been the great unifying figure for the Tejano, Native American, and American volunteers marching across Texas in the fall of 1812. Texas Gov. Manuel Salcedo certainly took notice of his movements and rode out to ambush the revolutionary commander on the road to San Antonio in October 1812. It would be Gutiérrez de Lara, however, who had a surprise in store for Salcedo.
The research team takes to the air to look for the “canyon” chosen by the Republican army to later ambush the Royalist Army before the Battle of Medina.