Haden Edwards received his impresario contract from the Mexican government in 1825. The contract gave him permission to settle some 800 families near Nacogdoches . When he arrived Edwards found that a number of Mexican families, Anglo settlers and Cherokees had lived on the land for years. Edwards contract required him to respect the property rights of all settlers who had legal titles to their land. He also so demanded they pay additional fees.
The Battle of the Alamo
In 1835 many people were upset with Santa Anna´s actions. Fearing trouble Mexican general Domingo de Ugartechea the commander ordered the people of Gonzales to hand over the cannon DeWitt had received four years earlier. They buried the cannon in an orchard. In response Ugertecha sent troops to take the cannon by force. On October 1 the enlarged militia decided to attack the Mexican force witch included about 100 soldiers. The rebels dug up the cannon and mounted it on a cannon. To taunt Mexican troops.
The Goliad Massacre
After the fight of Concepcion SFA moved his headquarters to the Old mill just north of San Antonio.The army leaders became discouraged. During the siege the Texas underwent a change in leadership.On November 26 Erastus Smith one of Burlesons scouts rode into camp. He reported that more than 100 Mexican soldiers with pack animals were headed to San Antonio.A rumor spread that they were carrying silver to pay Mexican troops. Burleson sent a squad squad of troops to ambush and seize the silver.
The Battle of San Jacinto
Travis sent out many request for help. Bonham left to find aid for the Alamo only to sneak back in on march 3. On march 1 , 32 volunteers from Gonzales rode into the Alamo. Led by captain Albert Martin the crept in under cover of early morning darkness. There would be no other help. There was about 200 soldiers defending the Alamo. Santa Anna had 1,800 troops. Travis made one last call for aid. On march 3 he sent a letter to Washington on the Brazos.
In the battle of Coleto the Texas rebels were pinned down without cover. The next morning , Mexican reinforcements arrived giving Urrea several hundred more troops. Wounded and severely outnumbered Fannin decided to surrender. He and most the other Texas rebels were marched back to Goliad. They were held in Goliad for weeks their imprisonment was not overly harsh.
Houston's army moved quickly to get Harrisburg. From there,they traveled down Buffalo Bayou to where it met the San Jacinto river near Lynch's Ferry. On April 20 the Texans camped in a grove of life oak trees on high ground,with a wide field in front of them. The only way the Mexicans could attack them would be to cross the field.Santa Anna and his forces arrived at the junction of San Jacinto. Santa Anna troops were exposed to the Texas troops, who were partially hidden by the grove of trees.