13.2 Texas Revolution


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  • Mexico Welcomes Large Numbers of Anglo-American immigrants
  • You immigrants are welcome to come to Texas!
  • But you must speak Spanish and convert to Catholicism!
  • 1835 New Dictator of Mexico
  • There is no constitution now! I am the dictator! Seize all weapons!
  • Battle of Gonzales
  • Give us your cannon!
  • Come and take it!
  • Mexico welcomed the immigrants because they needed someone to hold their Texas claim. The immigrants came under the rules that they would learn Spanish and convert to Catholicism. The immigrants did none of this. 
  • Battle of the Alamo
  • The president of Mexico, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, overthrew the constitution and appointed himself dictator. He knew that the American Texans would use his rise to power as a reason to secede, so he ordered the army to take away everyone's weapons. 
  • Battle of San Jacinto
  • Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna ordered the army to take away arms, so the army went to Gonzales to take away their canon. Only 18 men were in town, they became known as "The Old Eighteen"
  • Texas Statehood
  • If we annex Texas, then there will be more slave states than free states!
  • The Alamo’s 200 defenders fought for 13 days before the Mexican invaders defeated them. For Texans, the Battle of the Alamo became a heroic symbol. 
  • Mexico will defeat you!!
  •  800 Texans defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican force of 1,500 men at the Battle of San Jacinto. They shouted “Remember the Alamo!” as they attacked the Mexicans. The victory led to Texan independence. 
  • Many people were against Texas' annexation. They did not want war with Meixco, or another slave state.  Congress voted against annexation, and Texas remained a republic for almost ten years. 
  • Big deal! It doesn't matter!
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