Haden Edwards did not like the rule that the only legal titles to there land were those issued by Spain or mexico. Edward wanted the people to pay him additional fees for the land that the people have already purchased. The old settlers suspected fraud on Edwards son in law . The Mexican government cancled Edwards contract he was fulfilling the terms they wanted him to. Edwards and the rebels fled in January 1827 when they learned the Mexican troops and the militia were coming.
The Grass Fight
The law of April 6, 1830 was intended to control American presence in Texas. It banned immigration in the U.S. and made it illegal for settlers to bring more slaves in Texas. They suspended empresario contracts and only let a few empresarios keep them like S.F.A.and Green DeWitt. The government still kept issuing land contracts so they could keep bringing Mexicans and Catholic Europeans to Texas. Under the new law Texans had to pay customs duties on imports.
Battle of Alamo
Domingo the commander in Texas ordered the people of Gonzales to hand over the cannon DeWitt had received four years earlier. They refused so they buried the cannon in an orchard. The people of Gonzales kept making up excuses and stories why they should not give up the cannon. So they sent riders to go get extra help i n resisting the Mexican demands. On October 2, 1835 the Mexicans opened fire the Texans shot back. No Texans were killed but, at least one Mexican soldier was killed.
Battle of San Jacinto
After the fight S.F.A moved his headquarters to the Old Mill north of San Antonio. The Mexican army was well supplied and the siege had little affect. Erastus Smith one of Burlesons scouts reported more than 100 Mexican soldiers with pack animals were headed to San Antonio. A rumor started that these soldiers were carrying silver to pay the Mexican troops. The Texans eagerly opened the bags that supposedly held silver to find grass to feed horses instead because of this it has know been named The Grass Fight.
Bonham and Seguin sneaked past Mexican troops to request help from Goliad. Historians estimate about 200 soldiers defending the Alamo. On March 3 Travis sent a letter to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Texas defenders heard shouts from Mexican soldiers and music. General Santa Anna beleived that the Fall of the Alamo would convince the Texans to surrender.
On April 20 the Texans camped in a grove of live oak trees and high ground with a wide field in front. Santa Anna sent a small force to try to drive the Texans away from the position but the Texans drove back. The Texas army realized that defeating more than 1200 Mexican soldiers would not be easy. Many Mexican soldiers just got done building defenses so they were tired and went to sleep. With the victory at San Jacinto Texas had won its independence from Mexico.