American Settlement in Texas

American Settlement in Texas

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  • Mexican Government Welcomes American Settlers
  • You Americans are welcome to settle here in Texas.
  • More Settlers Come & Conflict Begins to Rise
  • There are too many of you! You must learn to speak Spanish, convert to Catholicism, follow our laws, and outlaw slavery!
  • Revolt Begins in Texas
  • We do not want to be a part of Mexico anymore! We want to break away!
  • The Mexican government granted Moses Austin the right to bring Americans into Mexico. He later died, and his son, Stephen F. Austin, continued his father's mission. Austin brought about 300 American families to Mexican Texas in 1825.
  • Texas Revolution Begins and Texas Declaration of Independence
  • The colony's success began to attract even more and more settlers from the US. The Americans would soon outnumber the Tejanos 6-1. The Mexican government placed down rules, that the settlers had to follow. These rules began to upset the Americans. They had to learn to speak Spanish, follow Mexican laws, convert to Catholicism, and outlaw slavery.
  • The Battle of the Alamo Begins
  • Mexico closed Texas to American immigration, in 1829. The Texans had to start paying taxes to Mexico, and this led to many of them wanting to break away from Mexico. The Mexican president, Antonio López de Santa Anna sent troops to end the revolt.
  • Americans are Defeated at the Battle of the Alamo
  • In 1835, the Texans began to fight against Santa Anna's army. The next year (1836), Sam Houston and Texan leaders signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, declaring Texas independent.
  • In March of 1836, the Texans retreated to an old mission, known as the Alamo. The 150 Texan soldiers, were able to hold off Santa Anna's army of 6,000 men, for 12 days! 
  • Sadly, the Americans were not able to hold of the army long enough. Santa Anna's army killed 183 Texans, which was virtually everyone that was there. The famous battle cry that was created from this battle is, "Remember the Alamo!"
  • The Texans are dead! We won!
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