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March 2, 1836 – Delegation Forms The Republic Of Texas During The Battle Of The Alamo

In 1835, Antonio López de Santa Anna had established himself as a dictator in Mexico. Among Anglo-American colonists and Tejanos alike, the call for Texas independence became more prominent after the start of the dictator’s reign.

On March 2, 1836, during the Battle of the Alamo, a delegation at Washington-on-the-Brazos adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence, which created the Republic of Texas, a country independent from Mexico.

After Texas became it’s own republic, and after the Texan revolutionary soldiers’ loss at the Battle of the Alamo, soldiers led by Sam Houston would fight in the Battle of San Jacinto to secure a victory against the Mexican army.

Painting of the Battle of San Jacinto.

Eventually Mexico would recognize the independence of Republic of Texas.

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Battle Of The Alamo – The Beginning Of Texas’s War Of Independence From Mexico

Fourteen years after Mexico won its independence from Spain, the Mexican Province of Texas sought independence from Mexico, after white settlers sought to merge Texas with the more economically vibrant United States.

On December 1835, caucasian soldiers occupied the Alamo, which was a former mission building established under Mexico’s Spanish rule that was converted into a fort. On Febuary 23, 1836, the Battle of the Alamo began when thousands of Mexican soldiers, under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, began a siege of the Alamo to repel the occupiers of the fort. Although vastly outnumbered, the Alamo’s 200 defenders, commanded by James Bowie and William Travis, were able to withhold the thousands of soldiers from entering the structure for thirteen days. Frontiersman David Crockett, was one of the many Texans to die in the battle, which would eventually symbolize Texan resilience to oppression.

Years after the Battle of the Alamo, the event was utilized as part of the justification for the United States to fight to capture land from Mexico in the Mexican-American War.