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Come and Take It; Or, The Gonzalez Cannon

Posted by Ryne McClaren on February 23, 2010

From Wikipedia — sometimes correct and usually enlightening — comes today’s bit of required reading:

Come and take it” was a slogan used in the Texas Revolution in 1835. In March 1831, Juan Gomez, a Lieutenant in the Mexican Army, worked alongside Tadeo Ortiz, a consul at Bordeaux, France, and granted a small cannon to the colony of San Antonio. The small bronze cannon was received by the colony and signed for by Randy Tumlinson. It was then transported to Gonzales, Texas and later was the object of Texas pride. At the minor skirmish known as the Battle of Gonzales, a small group of Texans successfully resisted the Mexican forces who had orders to seize their cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag containing the phrase along with a black star and an image of the cannon which they had received six years earlier from Mexican officials.

And from the American Legion’s October 1, 2009 “This Day In Military History” entry:

After some parleys, the Texians then wheeled up their cannon and unveiled a homemade banner; it was white, with a crudely painted picture of the cannon in black paint, a single star above it, and underneath the words, “COME AND TAKE IT.”  (Many historians have speculated that these words are a variation of the famous words of the Spartan king Leonidas prior to the battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, “Molon labe” or “Come and take them,” a defiant response to the Persian call to surrender their arms.)  The cannon was fired, the Mexican commander decided he could not prevail against the Texians, and withdrew back to Bexar.

Cheers to this Republic, and how far she has come.

Come and Take It

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