March 2, 1836: The Republic of Texas is Declared!

Texas Independence Day

March 2, 1836


By Elvis Chupacabra

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Lorenzo de Zavala

When I was a mere lad, Texas Independence Day was celebrated in schools with patriotic songs, readings of the Declaration by schoolkids and grave lectures on our role as Texans by our teachers. Even the Mexican kids participated, because anyone who’d read the  hallowed rolls of the Alamo and Goliad dead knew that there were plenty of martyrs with Spanish surnames. We also knew of Lorenzo de Zavala and Juan Seguin, both Texian heroes of the Revolution.

Juan Seguin

It was understood by the youngest of us that Texas went from being just the mostly empty northern part of the Mexican state of Cohuila-Texas to the independent Republic of Texas with the signing of this document. Like the beloved United States, from whence the spirit -and some would say impetus – of revolution had come, we won our right to be free through the force of arms, wielded by brave and bold men. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the despot which our Texas Forefathers overthrew was ever bit as evil and prone to predations as Britain’s George III. His one saving grace, that he invented that most American of oral fixations, chewing gum, was more than off-set by his cruelty and duplicitous nature. The self-proclaimed Napoleon of the North, he boasted an army well-officered and well-equipped that had spent the past couple of years putting down rebellions in Mexico. It wasn’t just the Texians who longed for the return to a government who respected the liberal Constitution of 1824. 

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna

However, Santa Anna was particularly piqued that it was the damned Nortiamericanos who had risen against him. After all, he and many native-born Mexicans reasoned, the gringos had petetioned the then-Spanish government to settle the open spaces of Tejas. They’d even renounced their American citizenship and converted to the state religion, Catholcism. Now, they dared to rebel against the authority of the State and assert rights which simply did not exist in Mexico. Tejas had been in rebellion since October 1835.

Another irony was that many of the rebels were from the ranks of illegal settlers drawn to Texas by the rich land and wide-open spaces. Since the outbreak of hostilities, there were even Yanqui freebooters and adventurers coming to fight against the lawful government of Mexico, all the while spouting ideas of American expansion and defending of “American lives” in Tejas!

Sam Houston and his mentor and friend, Andrew Jackson

One of the late-comers to Tejas was Sam Houston. And in one of history’s great mysteries, while on his way to Tejas, ol’ Sam stopped off and visited his mentor and friend, Andrew Jackson, at the Hermitage in Tennessee. There is no record of what they discussed, but many think that the two old men hatched a conspiracy to pluck the prized lands of Tejas – or Texas – as they were known east of the Sabine River from Mexico.

Travis and his men behind the walls of the Alamo.

As Travis and his men crouched behind the pounded and crumbling walls of the old Alamo mission in San Antonio de Bexar waiting for relief or death, serious and determined men were coming together in a convention to decide the question of independence or redress of grievances. In other words, they were deciding whether to split with Mexico or force a return to the earlier, freer Mexico, established by the 1824 Constitution. To settle the issue, a convention was called for March 1836, and it convened on March 1st in Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Independence is Declared!

This convention was different from earlier such convocations in that many of the men who met were relative newcomers to Texas, having never sworn allegiance to Mexico. Many who had, considered that oath to be nullified by the actions of the present government. Most of the delegates were members of the War Party and were insisted that Texas declare its independence from Mexico. Forty-one delegates arrived in Washington-on-the-Brazos on February 28.

“Independence Hall” – Washington-on-the-Brazos

Richard Ellis was voted president of the convention. The delegates selected a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. It was lead by George Childress and also included Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman, and Collin McKinney. In just 24 hours, the committee submitted its draft, leading historians to speculate that Childress had pre-written much of it before his arrival.

The Declaration of Independence from Mexico was approved on March 2 without debate and formally signed the following day after errors were noted in the text. The document was based primarily on the writings of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson. It proclaimed that the Mexican government “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived” and complained of “arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny”. The document duly established the Republic of Texas, “among the nations of the world”.

Texas Declaration of Independence

Also mentioned as reasons of separation:

  • The 1824 Constitution of Mexico, which established a Federal Republic had been usurped and replaced by a centralist military dictatorship by Genalissimo Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
  • The Mexican government invited settlers to Texas, assuring them constitutional liberty and a republican government, but reneged on these guarantees.
  • Texas was in union with the Mexican state of Coahuila as Coahuila y Tejas, with the capital in distant Saltillo, and thus the affairs of Texas were decided at a great distance and in Spanish.
  • Political rights to which the settlers had previously been accustomed, such as the right to keep and bear arms and the right to trial by jury, were denied.
  • No system of public education was established.
  • The settlers were not allowed freedom of religion.

Based upon the United States Declaration of Independence, the Texas Declaration also contains many memorable expressions of American political principles:

  • “the right of trial by jury, that palladium of civil liberty, and only safe guarantee for the life, liberty, and property of the citizen.”
  • “our arms … are essential to our defence, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments.”

The Republic of Texas!

Like the U.S. Declaration of Independence, it was just a worthless document until backed up by the force of arms. The prospect of that independence becoming a reality dimmed almost to the point of being extinguished with the fall of the Alamo on March 6th. Subsequently, Texians fled the Mexican Army in a scorched earth panic, known as the Runaway Scrape. A number of the faithful – many of them the bellicose freebooters and adventurers – fled back into the United States, convinced that Texas was a lost cause. Many of the men who marched with Sam Houston as his army marched, or as some alleged, retreated, towards the Sabine River grumbled, deserted and groused. Meanwhile, Santa Anna, against the advice of Sun Tzu, divided his forces, determined to run down the nascent Texian Army with one of his powerful columns.

However, all that came to a head, when on April 21st, Sam Houston camped on the lower San Jacinto River, near the Lynchburg Ferry. Santa Anna, convinced that the gringos were at last trapped, took a siesta, because everyone knew that it was too late in the day to fight. But someone forget to tell General Sam and his Texians. In 18 minutes of battle, followed by another hour of retribuitive slaughter, Santa Anna’s army was broken and the Generalissimo was captured.

But that’s a whole ‘nuther story.

Happy Texas Independence Day!!

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78 Responses to March 2, 1836: The Republic of Texas is Declared!

  1. Martin says:

    Yes sir!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Joe says:

    There is a city named after Juan Seguin. Seguin, Texas.

    Half way between San Antonio and Austin.

    These Texans love America, believe me.

    Liked by 6 people

    • OKTexan says:

      There is cities and counties named after everyone mentioned.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Matt Musson says:

      Factoid – At the time of the revolution Texas the population was about 75% white. Historical estimates say there were 25,000+ gringos and approximately 8,000 Mexicans. Of course Indians were the largest population in Texas but there not a reliable census of the Native Americans.

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      • Other research puts actual Mexican/Spanish origin at 3,500 and native tribes at 200,000 at time of the revolution. Indians had total control of Texas outside the Anglo areas, riding at will through any town. When Texas became a state, in 1845, a band of 300 Comanche rode through the capital building in Austin unhendered. The last Apache massacre occurred 45 years, almost to the day of San Jacinto day. San Antonio had rail to Dallas and Houston, telegraph to New York, electric lights and Indian massacres.

        “The Medina Massacres” at CanadaFreePress, and at FauxScienceSlayer.

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    • Glen Martin says:

      Sorry, the city of Sequin is East of San Antonio not northeast toward Austin. It sits on US highway 90 between San Antonio and Gonzales. Austin sits on I 35. Lived in this area for half my 66 years. And I agree with you. Texas love America.

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    • Rurik says:

      Thank you Joe, but I have to reply, No more than certain other Americans love Texas.
      Explicitly including the loyal Tejanos.

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    • Rurik says:

      Back in the early seventies, I lived in Texas for two years, and spent one year in the Texas Army National Guard. Since this is the age of dual citizenship, I hereby assert dual citizenship as a Texan, and if there is ever a break-up, South Dakota will be recognized as the northern-most county of Texas.

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  3. jackphatz says:

    I like history! I also liked geography in school. Foreign and domestic. I can still remember reading about Romania. How devastatingly poor the country was due to communism. Those poor people had very little food after giving it away to the collective. I can remember doing a book report on that country, I felt such a strong sense of sorrow for the people. I bet that was over 50 years ago.

    That was fun, thinking back all those years ago!

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  4. Boudica says:

    I had an opportunity to go to Texas a number of years ago, went on the River Walk to the Alamo. Drinking in all that history was an awesome experience. I thought I knew Texas…guess not;/ So disappointed that they would buy into the forked tongue snake Cruz. Watching him tonight with that Obama type smirk on his face made me want to hurl.

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    • mossback says:

      Not all of us Texians voted for the Canadian……A good number voted for Trump…..I also
      think a good number sat home on their backsides too…..other wise Trump would have been in 1st place……by the by……..the media says Cruz won Texas…….nope, he came in first by about 10 points, he did not win the entire state………..Happy Birthday to my fellow Texans……….

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  5. Love Texas! ❤❤❤

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  6. Outstanding, Texas!

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  7. Linden says:

    Native Texan here, although currently expatriated to another state. Texans are hardy, freedom-loving people, no tolerance for BS, but hospitable to a fault. Life was hard for a settler, Comanche, Apaches, harsh climate, tough making a living. If the Union breaks up, Texas will go first, as it has always, in a way, still considered itself its own country. And as I said, it doesn’t put up with much BS, especially from venal politicians (although it did give birth to LBJ).

    Great series, Wee-Weed.

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  8. Garrison Hall says:

    Santa Anna’s influence in Mexican history is interesting. He was a very adroit politician who excelled at playing competing Mexican political interests against each other as a way of maintaining power. While It could be said that he was simply better at the political game than his contemporaries, his sharp political instincts, however, did not transfer to his abilities as a military commander. While he can be exhibited logistical skill in moving a sizable force from central Mexico to Texas and then fighting a successful siege of a fortified place, as a battlefield commander he was actually worse than a rank amateur. Like many military failures throughout history, he suffered from supreme overconfidence accompanied by the peculiar blind arrogance that got him defeated by an inferior force at San Jacinto. His incompetence as a field commander was again demonstrated during the later American-Mexican War in 1847 when he ignored the advice of his generals and lost the Battle of Veracurz to US forces. Santa Anna’s unique combination of ignorance and arrogance can be defined by the psychological condition called “secondary ignorance”. People who have secondary ignorance simply don’t know that they don’t know.

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    • Mike says:

      Santa Ana was a charismatic psychopath. Murderous, venal and very intelligent he was an ill educated mestizo with many character flaws. Houston and others exploited those flaws to shift almost a million square miles of Mexico into US southwest territory.

      Oddly enough, the Mexicans still worship him, acknowledged character flaws and all, despite being the archtypical jeje (corrupt strongman) that has repeatedly led them into disaster and poverty for almost 200 years. And then blame us.

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      • remster says:

        Manipulation of school books by the leftists. They are doing the same in the U.S. Changing history to fit their ideology.

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        • mossback says:

          When I was growing up Mexico hated him…….he sold off half of their country to the USA for a mere 250 million dollars or so………..exiled many times he finally died in Mexico City.

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      • CeliaHayes says:

        I’ve described Lopez de Santa Anna as Mexico’s bad boyfriend; no matter how badly he mistreated the country, they just kept forgiving him, and taking him back, over and over again. It’s also a matter of pure amazement that he died in bed and of old age, instead of being executed for various crimes or by a jealous husband or rival.

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      • Garrison Hall says:

        Mexican history, as taught in their schools, sees the Texas Revolution and later American war with Mexico as an illegal expropriation of their sovereign land. Basically, they want their land back and tend to see illegal immigration from Mexico as a populist expression of national identity—extended into a geographic area that is rightfully theirs. This belief is also reflected in the Mexican-American community as the “Aztlan ideology” which embraced by ethnocentric La Raza adherents but by no means all Mexican-Americans.

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    • Matt Musson says:

      After he left politics – Santa Anna made money exporting gum base to the Wrigley’s Chewing Gum company in Chicago.

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    • Betty says:

      Last night at the Senior Hi, at least 2 wards of MN CD 4 met to caucus. I went with my son who lives near by, but he was assigned to a different caucuc room. We finished first and as I waited for him to finish up I heard snips of conversations as various groups formed and dispersed. “People who have secondary ignorance simply don’t know that they don’t know.” could describe most of the people I heard talking, and the committed followers were the worst.

      I am Tree House educated and that makes a difference. I wish I had more courage though.

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      • thurmrob says:

        Don’t feel bad. I am afraid to put signs out or anything because I am surrounded by leftist that are intolerant to any other opinion but theirs. They don’t mind using force and the court systems are filled with judges that feel the same way. We really need a Trump presidency to clean up this giant mess. We are the silent majority!

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      • stella says:

        I think you posted this on the wrong thread, unless it has to do with Texas Independence. Please keep political comments on the political threads. Off topic comments are a no-no.

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  9. Gail Combs says:

    My farrier is a Texan. He told me that the state of Texas has in their agreement with the US government a method to become independent. According to him, not that long ago the legal path for separating from the USA was followed but the governor refused to acknowledge the legal coup.

    Any Texan want to elaborate?

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    • Matt Musson says:

      When Texas joined the Union the US would not accept the Republic of Texas debt. So, the agreement stated that Texas would keep it’s own public debt and public lands. Also, Texas was given the option to break up into 5 different states at some unspecified future date.

      While the Declaration of Independence suggests that Succession is a legal requirement for states in certain instances, there was no special provision for that when Texas joined the Union. And, while the North did not accept the legality of Secession by the Confederate States – they required that the states re-apply for admission after the War. So, if the ‘re-admission’ process was legal it may have superseded any original provisions made when Texas joined in 1845.

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    • Texas Fossil says:

      This is not a Legal Opinion but your farrier is incorrect. But in my opinion, The US Constitution specifies the people can change there form of government as they see fit. Not just Texas. (My great great grandfather was born in Texas during the Republic of Texas. But I absolutely want no part of secession.)

      http://texassecede.com/faq.php#txconst

      Q: Doesn’t the Texas Constitution reserve the right of Texas to secede?

      A:
      This heavily popularized bit of Texas folklore finds no corroboration where it counts: No such provision is found in the current Texas Constitution (adopted in 1876) or the terms of annexation. However, it does state (in Article 1, Section 1) that “Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States…” (note that it does not state “…subject to the President of the United States…” or “…subject to the Congress of the United States…” or “…subject to the collective will of one or more of the other States…”)

      Neither the Texas Constitution, nor the Constitution of the united States, explicitly or implicitly disallows the secession of Texas (or any other “free and independent State”) from the United States. Joining the “Union” was ever and always voluntary, rendering voluntary withdrawal an equally lawful and viable option (regardless of what any self-appointed academic, media, or government “experts”—including Abraham Lincoln himself—may have ever said).

      Both the original (1836) and the current (1876) Texas Constitutions also state that “All political power is inherent in the people … they have at all times the inalienable right to alter their government in such manner as they might think proper.”

      Likewise, each of the united States is “united” with the others explicitly on the principle that “governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed” and “whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends [i.e., protecting life, liberty, and property], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government” and “when a long train of abuses and usurpations…evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”

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    • jimrtex says:

      Under natural law, the People are sovereign. If they want to dismiss the current government, and establish a new one, they have that right and power – but if they want to make it a reality, they may have to use armed resistance.

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government …”

      This was true in 1776. It was true in 1836. It was true in 1861 – but in that case the existing government imposed its will on the people of the Southern states, It is still true in 2016. It is unalienable. It’s not in the authority of a regime in London, Mexico City, or Washington, to take away, since it was not in their gift to grant in the first place.

      Now suppose that the People in your area wanted to form an independent country. They would hold a convention, write a declaration of independence (ie “we hereby declare that we are a free and independent government”), perhaps write a constitution, and start acting like a government (raise an army, election a provisional government, issue currency, etc.).

      Congress might decide to recognize your independence. Perhaps your area is not worth the bother. Or they might ignore you. Or they might come in and arrest the lot of you. I’ll assume you live in the State of Nirvana. If the “people” of Nirvana were to form a Republic of Nirvana, and began asserting that they had the sole right to determine the laws in their sovereign country, it is quite likely that they are violating laws of both the State of Nirvana and the United States.

      That is what happened in Texas. The folks who created the new government said they were the legitimate government of Texas. The governor of the state of Texas in effect said, “no way”.

      The phrase “United States of American” comes from “United States of America in Congress Assembled”. Delegates from the 13 new states (nations or countries) in British America came together (congress) with a united purpose. The People of each State created their state government, and then agreed to form a federal government. When the other 37 states acceded to the Union, they did the same, except Congress must approve.

      In 1845, there was an effort to create a treaty between the Republic of Texas and the United States of America. Congress resisted, but said that if the People of Texas hold a convention and create a state constitution and government, and if the Republic of Texas would convey its property to the State of Texas, that they would let the new state to accede to the Union. It also provided that Texans (or more properly the People in various areas of Texas could form five states).

      The new Texas state constitution said that the People of Texas were sovereign. The Bill of Rights was Article I, and Section 1 of the Bill of Rights asserts:

      “SEC. 1. All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and they have at all times the unalienable right to alter, reform, or abolish their form of government, in such manner as they may think expedient.”

      Congress approved the constitution. To them it was unremarkable. This is the “legal” basis for the Republic of Texas folks.

      A while back, Governor Perry, noted that Texans had the right to form an independent government. He was lambasted for that remark. Newspaper pundits panned him for that. They would quote some political science professor from Spell My University, that Perry was confused about the legal right to form five States.

      What actually was said:

      ==================
      Reporter Kelley Shannon: “Some have associated you with the idea of secession or sovereignty for your state…”

      Perry: “Oh, I think there’s a lot of different scenarios. Texas is a unique place. When we came in the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that.

      “You know, my hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There is absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what may come out of that? So. But Texas is a very unique place and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

      Texas is a very unique place. Texans are a unique people. Texans have a greater sense of peoplehood than residents of other States.

      Note that you identified your farrier as a Texan. If he was from another State, you would more likely have said he was “from Iowa” or wherever.

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      • Texas Fossil says:

        I grew up 14 miles from the Perry’s. Know both of his parents. His family beat my family to this county by a few years. My ancestors came here in 1889. I’ve never met Rick, he is slightly younger than I am.

        Rick was a very good Governor. He accomplished a lot more than many Texans give him credit for. He did so well, that the Lefties in Austin really hate him. hee hee hee

        Rick is right, there is no reason for even talk of Secession.

        I want it all back and the subversive Leftists charged, tried, convicted and punished for their subversion of the Constitution and the nation.

        Gov. Greg Abbott is a staunch defender of our liberty and freedom. Texas will stand for freedom, liberty and the rule of law.

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  10. James says:

    Elvis Chupacabra’, I like your avatar – The Big Lebowski. The Dude Abides!

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  11. coeurdaleneman says:

    “… the mostly empty northern part of the Mexican state of Cohuila-Texas …”

    Texas in that era was much like California and Oregon and Utah etc. Technically claimed by somebody, but not actually controlled by them through enough boots on the ground. In reality, they were still Indian homelands.

    That’s why I get a bellylaugh when reading about present-day activists who claim that illegals are simply populating old Mexican territories. While I know more about CA, I suspect that Texas had even fewer Mexicans settllers. In CA, the control from Mexico City was so pathetically weak that the local dons generally acted autonomously. And the “army” stationed there was measured in dozens, and consisted of losers and criminals and whatever could be scraped together. That’s why an invading army measured in only hundreds and a navy of one or two ships could easily take over CA.

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  12. jerrydon10 says:

    That was a great read….thank you!

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  13. lizzieintexas says:

    http://www.travisletter.com/the-letter.html

    Commandancy of the The Alamo

    Bejar, Feby. 24th. 1836

    To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World-

    Fellow Citizens & compatriots-

    I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna – I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man – The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken – I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never surrender or retreat.  Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch – The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days.  If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country – Victory or Death
    William Barret Travis.
    Lt. Col.comdt.

    P. S.  The Lord is on our side – When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn – We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.

    Travis

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    • mossback says:

      There is a really good book, forgotten by time, that was written in the 1880’s by Amelia Barr. A early romance novel of sorts, it deals with local folks in San Antonio during the Alamo siege and later the San Jacinto battle and their concept of the fight. Really interesting to see thru the eyes of folks in the late 1800’s and not thru the historical tomes published today…….the book is free from Amazon.com as an ebook and you can find it free on the web as well. It is titled ‘Remember the Alamo’ by Amelia Barr.

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  14. GracieD says:

    God Bless Texas!!!

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  15. be says:

    Contents removed. Off topic.

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  16. LP says:

    Contents removed. This is not a political thread.

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  17. CeliaHayes says:

    The victory of the Texans at San Jacinto always seemed to me like a miracle – won in less than 20 minutes. 18 minutes, to be precise – I did a four-part post on it for my own book blog, some time ago, for those who want to read the rest of the story –
    http://www.celiahayes.com/archives/313

    http://www.celiahayes.com/archives/314

    http://www.celiahayes.com/archives/315

    http://www.celiahayes.com/archives/316

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  18. tammy says:

    Content removed.

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  19. Texian says:

    Another lesser known Texas battle to all of y’all outside Texas – “The Second Battle of Sabine Pass” during ‘The War Between the States’. 40 Texians repelled and defeated a 3000+ Yankee invasion attempt by sea. During that whole war the Yankees never occupied one square inch of Texas soil.. Don’t Mess With Texas.

    (In the center of the State Capitol Rotunda it still says “The Republic of Texas”; Our Capitol building rises higher than the D.C. Capitol; Our San Jacinto Monument rises higher than the Washington Monument; Our statue of Sam Houston is the largest on the continent).

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    • Garrison Hall says:

      Dick Dowling’s single 6 gun artillery battery won the day!

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      • Mike says:

        Dick Dowling, owner of a popular bar in houston, the Bank of Bacchus, had careful pre-ranged and sighted his battery’s shots so it was more like streaming rifle fire into the Union gunboats. So discouraged the Union forces that they didn’t try to invade Texas again.

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  20. Clc says:

    https://youtu.be/Jk7uXaNuWNE I guess this is as good a song as any to play on texas independence day.

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  21. Happy Independence Day WeeWeed!!!! I just learned more from you just now than all my Texas history classes combined! Excellent article! Thanks! 😊

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  23. Tuduri says:

    I first went to Texas, Houston, to accompany my daughter to Bela and Marta Korolyi’s gymnastic training camp. The camp is about fifty miles north of Houston inside a pine forest. It is also one of the US’s National training centers. We also went to competitions in Dallas at the Metroplex and at WOGA in Frisco, Nastia Liukin’s gym . I can still
    see the steel sculptures of cattle and horsemen in Dallas. I love Texas. I have very fond memories of our time there. I am considering retiring there.

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  24. kinthenorthwest says:

    I remember that March 2, was a great day in Texas. Is it that way anymore, or have they said that events like the Alamo are racists against Illegals.

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  25. lahthoughts says:

    Texans understand the power of illegal immigration. We took over Tejas through illegal immigration. Now we face Karma.

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  26. georgiafl says:

    This post is a wonderful review of the story of Texas history and its costly liberation from unjust deceitful overlords. As a child, I visited the Alamo and watched several movies about the battle.

    “Remember the Alamo” was one of the greatest admonitions and mottos of our US history lessons. Right up there with, “Give me liberty or give me death.”

    It is ironic and sad that so many Texans did not Remember the Alamo when they voted yesterday for a candidate who is for re-uniting Texas back with Mexico, and the rest of this hemisphere, in a single EU style economy and government.

    Instead, on the eve of Texas Independence Day, they voted to diminish Texas (and US) sovereignty, identity, independence.

    Wonder how many Mexican overlords and drug lords (as well as Cubans, etc.) are chuckling in their Tequila today?

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  27. Jett Black says:

    We Lousyanans smile with pride and cheer our Texas bretheren and sisteren in freedom on this joyous day. Less well known than the legendary tales of Texas independence is the contribution of men from the Republic of West Florida, whose revolution in 1810 against Spanish tyranny facilitated bringing the rest of southeast Louisiana, that Spain claimed wasn’t included in the Louisiana Purchase, into the USA. “The Bonnie Blue Flag” that bears a single star started there and was probably carried by pioneers, as they pushed westward, ever searching for freedom and opportunity. Joining the freedom fighters in Texas just came naturally. Jim Bowie was a 6th great uncle of mine (I think I’ve got the genealogy right, but at that distance of relationship, there are probably thousands who can make the same or a closer claim), so I honor this time for him, as much as for my Texas friends.

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    • Texian says:

      Jett, Texas does not forget the ultimate sacrifice a group of brave Louisianians whose blood was spilled at Goliad and the Alamo – “The New Orleans Grays.” In October 1835 120 volunteers in New Orleans formed two companies and headed for Texas. Nineteen were killed in Goliad, and most of the remainder were killed at the Alamo.

      Recent evidence claims there were actually three flags flying over the Alamo – and one of these was the New Orleans Grays. The New Orleans Grays flag was taken after the battle and had become one of Santa Anna’s trophies of war. The actual flag was last seen in Mexico around 1980. Despite many negotiation attempts in the past, Mexico refused to relinquish the flag; Its current location is unknown.

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  28. kinthenorthwest says:

    Saw this and thought of all my Texas friends and you WeeWee

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  29. John Denney says:

    “It proclaimed that the Mexican government “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived” and complained of “arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny”.”

    I’ve been saying for some time that the primary job of the Government (We the People) is to defend each person’s Life, Liberty, and Property.

    I hadn’t known about the Texas Declaration of Independence.

    Thank you for a great article.

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  30. rashamon says:

    Great article, Elvis. My g-g-grandparents and their assorted relatives were messing around with Texas back in 1830 as surveyors, then in the Army and ranching. One wrote in her journal about her mother being one of two only women in their area for over a year, so we have very interesting stories around the courage it took to move from Virginia and North Carolina. They managed to hopskip their way across the mountains and prairies to settle with the bluebonnets and tumbleweeds, birthing babies and raising future cowboys. I look forward to your next installment.

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  31. Millwright says:

    A great read Elvis ! Thank You ! Over the decades I’ve spent a great deal of time in various parts of Texas, and enjoyed every minute ! A remarkable state and an even more remarkable people !

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  32. Clc says:

    In London about half a block up from St.James palace is a little passage way to a courtyard. There is a marker showing where the Texas legation was. There is also a relief of Sam Houston in the courtyard. Republic of Texas had an embassy to the court of St.James.

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