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In 1820, the Spanish governor of Texas gave Moses Austin a land grant to establish a small colony in Texas. After Moses died, his son, Stephen Austin, led a group of some 300 Americans into Texas.
Texas at that time was controlled by Mexico
In 1836 ,Texans declared Independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas.After this event, Santa Anna's troops laid siege to the Alamo,he defenders of the Alamo held out for 12 days under heavy cannon fire. All of the defenders were killed in battle or executed afterward.
The following April, Sam Houston, the commander of the Texan forces led a small army in a surprise attack against Santa Anna’s army at San Jacinto. In that attack, Texans shouted, “Remember the Alamo!” Within a small period of time, the Texans had captured Santa Anna. They forced him to sign a treaty recognizing Texan Independence.
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