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My name is Bruce Winders and I'm the curator and historian at the Alamo. We're going to have a special tour of the Alamo. In 1836 there was a battle here in which the rebels, who were in Texas, were rebelling against the Mexican government. General Santa Ana lead an army here to put down that revolt and at the end of that assault all the Texan combatants were killed. These are all cannon balls.
So that's the big one. That one's broken.
The ones that are broken are called shells. And when they would be fired they'll go up in the air and they would explode.
Do you see it?
We think that this is where a cannon ball hit the Alamo.
What are the those?
What do you do with them?
You put them in your hand and you shake them. Then you throw them, so they've made their own dice. So often this is a family experience not just people coming by themselves, not just school groups, but it really is one of the things we see is families coming and making this a family experience.
- Kids will be struck by the presence of those who died in this living piece of Texas history.