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After the death of his father, Stephen F. Austin inherited a large piece of land in Texas that was meant to become a colony.
I have to continue my father's dream!
Everyone who lives here must be moral, hardworking, Christian, and must become a Mexican citizen.
Mexico, the owners of Texas at the time, agreed to let him start his colony, but the only people who could join had to meet certain conditions.
Works for me.
Thousands of Americans and Tejanos (Texans born from Mexicans) came to the colony. However, they all had their complaints about each other.
We want you Americans to treat us with respect!
We don't like speaking Spanish or taking orders from Mexicans!
Mexico responded to this by closing off the borders to Americans. When Stephen Austin asked for this to be changed, Mexico's leader, Santa Anna, had him jailed.
All I did was ask a question...
Santa Anna proceeded to invade Texas in order to crush the rebels. He had many victories, but in the end he was defeated in a surprise attack.
Texas stayed independent for 10 years after that, but was eventually added to the United States in 1845