What music did Gen. Santa Anna request during the Alamo battle?
Kansas City, Missouri
“El Deguello,” an old battle song originally used by Muslims to signify no quarter given. The name comes from the Spanish word degollar which means “to cut the throat.” Santa Anna was telling the Texans that his men would take no prisoners. And they didn’t.
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