Monday, April 16, 2012

Research Roundup

In using my research methodology to round up strange facts, I've connected the dots on a few of my interests. Researching Houston, I was led to the early history of Mexico and Texas. The Battle of San Jacinto, which led to the present day borders is named after the San Jacinto River, which flows near  Houston. San Jacinto is St. Hyacinth, a Polish Dominican Friar who traveled to Ukraine, namely Kiev and performed miracles there. The word hyacinth comes from the Greek mythological lover of Apollo. Santa Anna, who lost the battle of San Jacinto for Mexico had a cork leg which was lost in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, about ten years later. It now resides in a museum in Illinois. Mexico wants it back.