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Davy Crockett, facts about Crockett

Crockett, Davy (1786-1836), was a famous American frontiersman, an expert shot and a politician. His bravery and simple humor made him an almost legendary figure.

Crockett, Davy

Actor Fess Parker as Davy Crockett (right) in Walt Disney's film 'Davy Crockett and the River Pirates'. Crockett was one of the most famous frontiersmen

During the Texas Revolution (1835-6), when the Texans were fighting for independence from Mexico, Crockett became a national hero. A small group of American soldiers was trapped in the Alamo, an old Spanish fortress that now stands in the center of San Antonio, Texas. The Americans were greatly outnumbered by a Mexican army under General Santa Anna. Crockett joined the Americans and died on March 6, 1836 in fierce hand-to-hand fighting.

In 1813-1814, Crockett became known as an expert marksman when fighting against the Creek Indians. His career in politics began in Tennessee when he was elected a justice of the peace in 1821. He was chosen for Congress in 1827. He was re-elected three times but was defeated in 1835. He then moved to Texas. Crockett was born in Tennessee. He married twice. His autobiography was published in 1834.

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