The Law of April 6, 1830 * banned immigation from United States * NO more slaves into Texas * suspended unfilled empresario contracts * NO more American empresarios
The Battle of Gonzales
"COME AND TAKE IT!!!"
Haden Edwards recieved a contract, in 1825, from the Mexican government to settle people near Nacogdoches. When he reached Nacogdoches he faced a problem, Anglo Americans and Cherokees had been living there for years. His contract forced him to respect the "old settlers", but instead of respect he made them pay for their land they already purchased. Then the government found out about his non fulfillment of his contract, and it was canceled.
The Grass Fight
This law was made to strictly control the American influence in Texas. It allowed no immigration from the U.S. It also made it illegal to let anymore slaves into Texas. Very few empresarios, Green DeWitt and S.F.A., were allowed to keep there contracts. They then created a buffer so that no illegal immigrants could come to Texas, and they collected customs duties. The law made a lot of Texans angry.
The Battle of The Alamo
Santa Anna's actions had made the Mexican government angry, the commander of Texas, commanded that Gonzales people hand over the cannon, and they refused. Also, the sent riders to nearby towns to ask the people if they would help resist the Mexican demands. The rebels attacked the Mexican force, and they found the cannon. They also made a flag to taunt them, "COME AND TAKE IT". Texas fought the Mexican Militia, and this was the beginning of the Texas Revolution.
The Battle of San Jacinto
S.F.A. moved his headquarters just north of San Antonio. The siege that S.F.A. was trying to set up had little effect due to the well supplied Mexican Army. Edward Burleson took command of the army. Erastus Smith reported that some 100 soldiers with animals were going to San Antonio. The people soon started spreading that they were carrying silver, so they went and attacked them and seized their silver.
Travis asked for help defending the Alamo. Bonham left to get aid for the Alamo, on March 3. But barely any help arrived. Historians think there were about 200 soldiers defending the Alamo, but Santa Anna had 1,800 troops. Santa Anna thought that the Texans defeat in the Battle of the Alamo wiould make Texans surrender. Although the Battle of the Alamo made people remember to fight for at any cost.
Houston's army went quickly to Harrisburg. They then moved to Buffalo Bayou; Santa Anna's forces arrived to buffalo Bayou that afternoon. Houston had 900 troops; the Mexican army had 1,200 people. They knew the battle wouldn't be won easily. The Mexican army wasn't ready for an attack, for they were sleeping. They were awaken by sound of bullets, by the time the sounds had stopped, 630 Mexican troops had been killed. The Battle of San Jacinto is the Texas Revolution.