The history of the Alamo before 1836 is that of a community whose citizens lived, fought and died within the shadow of its walls. Largely ignored, are the years after Mission Valero's secularization in 1793. Historians and scholars have long been aware of this part of the mission's history, but it has remained mostly obscured in shadow. The history of the Alamo is that of the occupation of Mission San Antonio de Valero first by priest and Indians, and then by Spanish soldiers and of the community that grew up around them. It is a history of a people who opened the frontier for later Anglo colonization. It is a history of a people who sacrificed everything for freedom.