Friday!!! Time for an American Hero! Today is:
Knowing your American Heroes
JAMES JIM BOWIE (1796-1836)
James Bowie born in Kentucky
As he grew they called him Jim.
The style of knife he carried
Named the Bowie Knife after him.
Family moved to Missouri
Later to Louisiana.
There he would spend most of his life
Before meeting Santa Anna.
A frontiersman an explorer
He had gained a reputation.
People talked of his demeanor
Jim had gained much admiration.
Bowie loved to hunt and fish
Very popular with folklore.
Stories told of his adventures
Tales of his courage and much more.
He fought a bear with just his knife
And he hunted alligators.
Tamed wild horses with no fear
A true hero he’d show later.
Along with his brother Rezin
They both joined the State’s Militia.
Under Colonel Colman Martin
New Orleans was the arena.
When they arrived in New Orleans
Their company arrived too late.
Treaty of Ghent had been signed
They did take time to celebrate.
Before the Texas Revolution
He traveled to the Texas coast.
That’s where he met Jean Lafitte
Illegal money they made most.
All sorts of stories now were told
Of Jim Bowie and his adventures.
His famous search for silver mines
One of many of his venture’s.
During this time he had many fights
His fiery temper he had shown.
Brother Rezin made him a knife
A design of his very own.
Now-legendary Bowie Knife
He made the blade two inches wide.
And ten-and one-half inches long.
Jim wore it proudly at his side.
He married Ursula de Veramendi
In eighteen-hundred and thirty-one.
They settled in San Antonio
He would become a Texas son.
Jim commanded the Volunteers
While defending the Alamo.
For independence they fought brave
American heroes we all should know!
The Treaty of Ghent, signed on December 24, 1814, in Ghent, Flanders, United Kingdom of the Netherlands, ended the War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom.