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The Alamo is a popular visitor location inn San Antonio.  Across the street from the Alamo is the Alamo Plaza area which includes attractions such as the Guinness World Records Museum, Ripley’s Wax Museum, and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure.


Although many people think of the Alamo as a fort, it actually began it's existence as a Mission, the Mission San Francisco de Solano.  It was built in 1700 and remained a mission until 1793.  With the increased threat from the French and Americans from Louisiana, the Spanish military took over the fort and turned it into a frontier outpost and military garrison.


When Mexico declared it's independence from Spain iin 1821 the soldiers occupying the Alamo swore their allegiance to Mexico.  They kept the Alamo as a military outpost.


During the Texas Revolution the Alamo which, by now, had become a fortress was under the command of William Barret Travis.  It came under siege by the Mexican commander, Santa Anna who, on March 6, 1836 ordered a pre-dawn attack.  All 186 soldiers in the Alamo lost their lives in the attack.  Texas won it's independence on April 21, 1836, ending the war, but during this time Mexico refused give up it's claim to Texas.  The Alamo remained a military garrison to protect San Antonio from further attacks.

  

On December 29, 1845 Texas joined the United States and in 1846 the Alamo became U.S. Army outpost.  The U.S. Army left the Alamo in 1876  and the remaining buildings came into the possession of the Catholic Church.  The State of Texas purchased it in the 1880's.


Today the Alamo and Alamo Plaza are popular visitor attractions. (Source:  TheAlamo.org)

The Alamo and Alamo Plaza

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The Alamo 02:  Another late night photo of the Alamo


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  1/2

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 200


The Alamo 01:  A photo of the Alamo taken at night.


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed: 1/2

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 200


THE ALAMO 03: The Alamo grounds


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  1/640.

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 400


THE ALAMO 04: The Alamo grounds

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Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  1/250.

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 400


THE ALAMO 05: The Alamo grounds


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  1/250

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 400


THE ALAMO 06: The Alamo grounds


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  1/80

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 400


THE ALAMO 07: The Alamo grounds

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Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  1/80

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 400


THE ALAMO 08: The Alamo grounds.


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  1/1800

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 400


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Photography By

John Stankovich          

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Alamo Plaza 01: The shops on Alamo Plaza in the early morning hours.


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  9 secs.

Aperture: f/11

ISO: 100


THE ALAMO 09: The Alamo grounds.


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed: 1/1250

Aperture: f/4

ISO: 400


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Alamo Plaza 02: Alamo Plaza following an early morning rain storm


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  29 secs.

Aperture: f/20

ISO: 100


Alamo Plaza 03: The shops on Alamo Plaza in the early morning hours.


Camera settings:

Canon 5D Mark iii

Shutter speed:  27 secs

Aperture: f/22

ISO: 100

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