The Goliad Massacre, the tragic termination of the Goliad Campaign of 1836 , is of all the episodes of the Texas Revolution the most infamous. Though not as salient as the battle of the Alamo , the massacre immeasurably garnered support for the cause against Mexico both within Texas and in the United States, thus contributing greatly to the Texan victory at the battle of San Jacinto and sustaining the independence of the Republic of Texas. The execution of James W. Fannin, Jr. 's command in the Goliad Massacre was not without precedent, however, and Mexican president and general Antonio L?pez de Santa Anna , who ultimately ordered the exterminations, was operating within Mexican law. Therefore, the massacre cannot be considered isolated from the events and legislation preceding it.


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