By February 1813 the Spanish forces had suffered heavy losses they gave up the siege and retreated to San Antonio Kemper’s forces chased the Spanish troops and defeated them in battle in March
Deceleration of Independence
Spanish officials at San Antonio surrendered the city to Republican forces then the victorious leaders issued a declaration of independence for Texas.
Retreat! Retreat! Hurry guys they are onto us!
Problems arose within the ranks of the Republican Army leaders the Americans wanted an elected government The Mexicans preferred a government with appointed officials they also wanted Texas to remain a part of Mexico the Americans called for Texas either to be independent or to join the United States
In August 1813 the Republican Army battled Spanish forces south of San Antonio near the Medina River commanded by General Joaquín de Arredondo, the Spanish overwhelmed the Republican Army and won a complete victory. Most of the rebels were killed in battle, and others were killed after surrendering
Some made their way back to the United States, and others went to Galveston Island the Spanish crackdown was so brutal that Texas remained Spanish for another seven years even after the rebels’ defeat at Medina, the rebellion continued some of the rebels gathered on Galveston Island and made plans to carry on the fight against Spanish rule
l will find you and I will kill you
The Spanish also tracked down and killed colonists in San Antonio who had helped the Republican Army colonists deserted the towns of Goliad and Nacogdoches a few Republican soldiers escaped capture