This town was named for Rafael Gonzales (then governor of the joint state of Coahuila-Texas) and designed by the Mexican government. The streets were named for saints, and markers today show the original plan. Gonzales is known as the "Lexington of Texas" because the first skirmish of the Texas Revolution was fought here. In 1835, Mexican soldiers came to retrieve a six-pound cannon given to the town for frontier defense. Colonists resisted, and waving a flag that read "Come and Take It," they turned the cannon on the soldiers—firing the first shot in the fight for Texas independence. Today, the town celebrates its place in Texas history with the Come and Take It Festival in October.