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  • The Texans Rebel
  • Go to jail! Stop promoting rebellion!!
  • Please just reopen Texas for immigration?!
  • The Alamo
  • Victory or Death!
  • Victory or Death for the Alamos!!
  • Stephen F. Austin asked the Mexican government to reopen Texas to immigration and to make it separate Mexican state so that the Texans could run their own affairs. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna had him arrested and jailed for promoting rebellion. After Austin was released Santa Anna marched north with some 6,000 troops. 
  • The Battle 
  • Santa Anna's army reached San Antonio, Texas. The Texans had taken over an old mission known as the Alamo. Santa Anna's troops began to slowly surround the Alamo. The Texans were outnumbered. 
  • Texas Wins Its Independence
  • William Travis a member of the Alamo, sent messengers to other towns in Texas to plead for reinforcements. He vowed not to abandon the Alamo, proclaiming, "Victory or Death!" However, reinforcements never came. 
  • To Annex Texas or Not
  • For 12 days, the Mexicans pounded the Alamo with cannonballs. On March 6, Santa Anna ordered his troops to storm the fort. For 90 minutes the war was going on and by the end of the day every one of the Alamo's defenders were dead. Those who did survive the battle were executed on the spot by Santa Anna's order.
  • As Santa Anna's army pushed on, Houston's only hope was to retreat eastward. By luring Santa Anna deeper into Texas, he hoped to make it more difficult for the general to supply his army and maintain it's battle- readiness. Santa Anna caught up to Houston near the San Jacinto River. Expecting the Texans to attack at dawn, the general kept his troops up all night. When no one came the troops and the general relaxed. Later that afternoon , Houston's troops staged a surprise attack yelling "Remember the Alamo!" The Texas War for Independence had been won, but Mexico did not fully accept the loss of it's territory.
  • Texas remained independent for ten years. Southerners were eager to add another slave state, whereas Northerners who opposed slavery wanted to keep Texas out. Others feared that annexation lead would lead to war with Mexico. James K. Polk was a strong believer in manifest destiny and wanted to acquire Texas. In 1845, Texas was admitted as the 28th state. 
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