Battles of the Texas Revolution

2019 Week 9 Data Source & Historical Background

Posted by David Velleca on February 25, 2019

Historical Background

This Saturday, March 2 marks 183 years since Texas declared its independence from Mexico. At that time, the citizens of the new Republic of Texas were deep into the Texas Revolution, and in the midst of the Battle of the Alamo.

Despite being continuously outnumbered, the Texians (that's not a typo - the residents of the Republic of Texas and before that Mexican Texas were known as Texians) put up a strong fight, winning key battles and overcoming huge losses. This includes the Goliad Massacre, where more than 400 Texian fighters were executed.

This massacre coupled with the overwhelming defeat at the Alamo inspired the battle cry "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!" General Sam Houston capitalized on this emotion and took the Mexican forces by surprise, scoring a decisive victory against Mexican General Santa Anna and ending the Revolution.

Texas embarked on a period of independence, existing as a sovereign nation until becoming a part of the United States in 1846.

We'd really love to see what you can do with this week's dataset! Download the data and see what you can visualize. Create your viz and post your work to Tableau Public and Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackDataThursday, tagging @TThrowbackThurs. We're really looking forward to seeing what the Tableau Community can come up with!

Data Source

This week's dataset comes from Wikipedia. Please be sure to cite the source on your viz.