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Texas Independence

In 1835, rebellious Texans began fighting against Mexico, formally declaring independence in 1836. After a brief but bloody war, these rebels won their independence and for several years Texas was an independent country before joining the USA as a state.

Causes of Texas Independence
In March of 1836, Texas broke off from Mexico, declaring its independence. Why did it do so? There were many factors that led to Texas setting off down its own path.

Biography of Davy Crockett
David "Davy" Crockett (1786-1836) was a popular politician and outdoorsman known for given folksy speeches and telling tall tales about life on the frontier. His lasting fame, however, came as a result of his death defending the Alamo in 1836.

The Battle of Gonzales
On October 2, 1835, the first shots of the Texas Revolution were fired in the unassuming town of Gonzales. Although it was barely a skirmish that left but one Mexican soldier dead, the battle was a sort of point of no return for the rebellious Texans, who would soon have to face the entire Mexican army.

Biography of Antonio Lpez de Santa Anna
Antonio Lpez de Santa Anna was president of Mexico eleven times from the 1830's to 1850's. He was the leader of the Mexican forces at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. He had a long and checkered political and military career and remains one of Mexico's most fascinating historical figures.

Biography of William Travis
William Travis was the ranking officer of the Texan defenders at the legendary 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Although Travis and all of his fellow defenders were killed, their deaths inspired other men to fight the invading Mexican army, helping Texas to achieve its independence. Today, Travis is considered a great hero in Texas.

Biography of Jim Bowie
James Bowie (1796-1836) was an American frontiersman and one of the leaders of the Texas Revolution. He was present at the legendary Battle of the Alamo, where he was killed along with all of his comrades. Today he is considered a great hero in Texas.

The Battle of Concepcion
On October 27, 1835, a large force of Mexicans sallied forth from the besieged city of San Antonio. A small group of Texan rebels had split off from the main attack force, and the Mexican commanders were determined to wipe it out. The Texans, under the command of Jim Bowie and James Fannin, fought off the Mexican and drove them back into San...

The Battle of the Alamo
On March 6, 1836, The Mexican army attacked the Alamo, a fortress-like old mission in San Antonio, Texas. Inside were some 200 Texan rebels, determined to drive them off or give their lives for the cause of Texas Independence. The Battle of the Alamo is now a legendary part of Texan (and Mexican) history.

The Siege of San Antonio
From October to December of 1835, rebellious Texans laid siege to the town of San Antonio. They attacked in early December and captured the city after days of fierce fighting.

Ten Facts About the Battle of the Alamo
When events turn into legends, facts occasionally get lost. What really happened on March 6, 1836 at the famous Battle of the Alamo?

The Battle of San Jacinto
On April 21, 1836, Texan rebels secured their independence from Mexico with a stunning victory at the battle of San Jacinto.

The Goliad Massacre
On March 27, 1836, hundreds of Texan prisoners were slaughtered on orders of Mexican General Santa Anna. "The Goliad Massacre," as it came to be known, enraged Texan settlers and rebels who used "Remember Goliad!" as a rallying cry at the decisive battle of San Jacinto.

Biography of Sam Houston
Sam Houston (1793-1863) was one of the leaders of Texas' independence movement. He was in command of the Texan forces at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. Later he went on to a distinguished career as a politician and statesman.

Biography of Stephen F. Austin
Stephen F. Austin was the founder of an important settlement in Mexican Texas in the 1820's. He was an important leader of the Texas Revolution and served as the Republic of Texas' first Secretary of State.

Important People of the Texas Revolution
The Texas Revolution was carried out by military leaders such as Sam Houston, politicians like Davy Crockett and frontiersmen like Jim Bowie. The Mexicans were led by soldiers like Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

Important Dates in Texas Independence
What are the most important dates of Texas' independence from Mexico?

The Texas Revolution
After years of escalating differences with Mexico, settlers in the region of Texas rebelled, kicking off a short war which resulted in Texas becoming an independent nation.

Did Davy Crockett Die in Battle at the Alamo?
Famed Frontiersman Davy Crockett was among the defenders of the Alamo when it fell to the Mexican army on March 6,1836. According to some accounts, he was taken prisoner before being executed. What happened to Davy Crockett on that fateful day?

Ten Facts About the Independence of Texas
The story of the Independence of Texas from Mexico is one that has taken on the air of legend. What really happened in 1835-1836?

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