Finding Medina: The Roads to Revolution

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Texas in 1800 was defined by its isolation, which Tejanos felt all the more acutely because of Spain’s restrictive trade laws and general neglect towards its most distant colonies. Tejanos began to see themselves as a people apart and to crave more autonomy and control over their own affairs.

Battle of Medina sites as proposed by others.

Courtesy / Samantha Alaniz and Brandon Seale

Battle of Medina markers and proposed sites

Three different battle markers claim to be the site of the Battle of Medina, though none has ever produced archaeological evidence of the battle. What can the markers tell us, however, about where the battle might have occurred? Listen to learn more.

7 thoughts on “Finding Medina: The Roads to Revolution

  1. Fascinating. I’ve worked on buildings on the area around the Medina River, and often wondered about the history of the area.

    • Hi Don,

      As of right now we do not have transcripts of this podcast. However, if you can find a way to access the episode on YouTube the closed captioning service works well for text transcription.

  2. Medina Enthusiasts,

    Has there been a Topographical study of the lay of the land during the time of the battle? If so how, does it compare to today’s view? Being a sandy terrain and hot dry summers, how has wind and rain erosion changed the landscape? In addition to the introduction of non-native plants and trees? What about the Medina fords that the Republican Army crossed. Are the current ones the same? Thank you in advance to any one that may have some answers.

    • Hi Rogelio,

      Bruce Moses did extensive work on the topography in 1813, but his complete work hasn’t been published yet. And the mysterious “Joseph Bexar” has sent me some really great work he has done.

      I’ve posted “Joseph Bexar’s” work on the other watersheds in the area of the battle as well as his work on the different crossing points of the Medina River in 1813 over on the Episode 2, Casas Revolt webpage.

      I’d love to see others’ work though if they have it. Another factor changing the topography are the sandmines that have been active in the region for the last 100 years. They have probably levelled some of the hills and maybe even some of the “firmer” ground that Royalists might have posted themselves on to await the Republican advance.

  3. Thank you, Brandon. Agreed on the sandpits and I’ll look further into B. Moses research.

    I believe it was Menchaca that mentioned “black water,” well, behind my home I recall a small pond that had water that appeared like his description. Let me know if you all would like to check out my place for any artifacts. Email- roger78073@hotmail.

    Have a great weekend.

    I’ve reached to Dan Arellano who I’ve

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