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  • Mexico Welcomes Large Number of Anglo-American immigrants 
  • Welcome, to Texas new Texans!
  • 1835 New Dictator of Mexico
  • Battle of Gonzales
  • In the hopes they would become loyal Mexican citizens and keep the territory from falling into the hands of the United States.  They continued to speak English, formed their own schools, and had closer trading ties to the United States than to Mexico.
  • Battle of the Alamo
  •  Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, overthrew the constitution and appointed himself dictator. Recognizing that the “American” Texans were likely to use his rise to power as an excuse to secede, Santa Anna ordered the Mexican military to begin disarming the Texans whenever possible.
  •                              Battle of San Jacinto
  • As relations between the Mexican government and colonists throughout Texas deteriorated, Mexican soldiers were sent to retrieve the cannon, but were denied passage across the Guadalupe River. Only eighteen men were in town at this time, but they stood ready to defend their cannon and have come to be revered as “The Old Eighteen”.
  • Texas Statehood
  • War for independence from Mexico, a group of Texan volunteers led by George Collinsworth and Benjamin Milam overwhelmed the Mexican garrison at the Alamo and captured the fort, seizing control of San Antonio. 
  •  The Texas militia under Sam Houston  launched a surprise attack against the forces of Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna  at the Battle of San Jacinto, near present-day Houston, Texas. The Mexicans were thoroughly routed, and hundreds were taken prisoner, including Santa Anna. In exchange for his freedom, Santa Anna signed a treaty recognizing Texas’ independence.
  • On December 29, 1845, Texas entered the United States as the 28th state, broadening the differences in America over the issue of slavery and igniting the Mexican-American War.
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