Heritage Tours presents another in its “TEACHING THROUGH TRAVEL” series of History Field Trips for Students and their Parents
The Texas Revolution
Goliad & Gonzales
This old Texas town from the Spanish period is where the Texas Revolution started, when a band of brave settlers refused to give up the cannon they used for defense against the Indians. The stand they made under their slogan “Come & Take It” set off the events that led to Texas’ independence. Your students will see the cannon, the site and the Museum that chronicles these momentous and dangerous days. Plus a boot factory! See how those wonderful iconic cowboy boots are made.
The presidio (fort) and mission here are second only to the Alamo in the legends of the Texas Revolution. This is where Col. Fannin and his men were brutally massacred after being taken prisoner. The cry “Remember Goliad” inspired the colonists to victory in the Revolution.
Tour May Include
Based on time and your start point, the following nearby places can also be included:
- Victoria: Another old Spanish-era settlement, Victoria is where Texas A&M and the Texas Historical Commission have preserved and put on display the artifacts from LaSalle’s ship the Belle. It sank more than 300 years ago off the Texas coast when LaSalle was trying to settle the New World for France. Since its discovery only a few years ago after hundreds of years lost in the muck offshore, scientists have cautiously preserved many of the items found with the ship.
- Lockhart: Lockhart claims the title of BBQ CAPITAL OF TEXAS with three of the Top Ten rated BBQ restaurants in the State. You can have your pick among the three for lunch, so you can judge for yourself. Their recently redone courthouse is also among the State’s Top Ten, a real stunner, an opportunity to add in a visit to a superb Texas courthouse.
- Palmetto State Park:. A Park ranger can lead us on a nature walk to show your students vegetation that is most unusual for Texas.
- The Painted Churches of Schulenberg: There are four gorgeous Catholic churches spotted in the rolling countryside around this Central European immigrant town. A wonderful opportunity to teach the 19th century immigration heritage of Texas.
- MOTORCOACH transportation with snacks and drinks on board, operated by a fully licensed and insured charter company
- SPEAKERS at each location
- STUDY MATERIALS with suggested readings and keepsake notes
On this trip, your students will learn:
- the history of the Texas revolution.
- the story of LaSalle and the French period of Texas colonization.
- the rich cultural, architectural, culinary and religious legacy of 19th century Texas immigration.
- about the governmental function of courthouses in the lives of local citizens.
- about the particular architecture of Texas courthouses.
- about the fun and colorful stories pertaining to each courthouse, the sorts of tales that bring history alive to students.
- about great Texas BBQ, the culinary feast of Texas!
Texas International Tours uses only fully licensed and insured motorcoach companies and full-time professional drivers.