In April 1836, the future of Texas hung in a balance. Since independence had been declared on March 2, the Texian Army had suffered two crushing defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, and the government, along with most of the population, was fleeing east.

The fate of the young Republic rested in the hands of General Houston and his small army, and on April 21, 1836, at an abandoned cattle ranch on the eastern edge of Austin’s colony, that fate was decided. Houston and his forces defeated the larger Mexican army, captured General Santa Anna, and changed the fate of Texas forever.

In 2021, the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site celebrated the 185th San Jacinto Day virtually with the educational video series "San Jacinto: A Lone Star Shines." View four short films depicting four pivotal scenes from the Battle of San Jacinto and the fight for freedom: the Runaway Scrape, the April 20th skirmish, the Battle of San Jacinto, and the surrender of Santa Anna. 

The San Jacinto Battleground and Monument, as well as the San Jacinto Museum of History, are open to the public. Plan your visit today.