Just give us the cannon and no harm will be done to you
We elect Sam Houston as our General.
Leave no prisoners! kill them all
Make as big of a dent in Santa Anna’s army as possible.
Sir! The Mexicans are coming over the walls.
The Mexicans decided to reclaim a cannon that they lent to the Texans for protection against the Indians. However, when the Mexicans got to Gonzales, the Texans fought back against General Uguataehea’s men and defeated them. These were the first shots of the Texas revolution.
In November 1835, 60 delegates met in San Felipe de Austin. They debated whether to fight or remain peaceful with the Mexicans. On November 7th they named Sam Houston the commander in chief of their army in a provisional government. They agreed that if Mexico did not restore it’s constitution Texas would declare independence.
Battle of San Jacinto
Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!
Despite Sam Houston’s orders to leave the Alamo, William B. Travis stayed and tried to keep the Alamo. Santa Anna’s men surrounded the Alamo and laid siege on it for 13 days until they breached the walls and killed all the men defending it.
Republic of Texas
Republic of Texas
After suffering a defeat at the battle of Coleto, 450 Texas soldiers were captured and arrested. The Texans waited for days to get released until, against the rules of war, Santa Anna had all prisoners executed as traitors.
On April 21, 1836, the Texas army sneak attacked the Mexican Army, winning the battle in just over 18 minutes. The day following the battle, Santa Anna was captured and taken into Texan custody.
Twenty three days after the victory at San Jacinto, Texas Interim President David G. Burnet and Santa Anna signed the Treaties of Velasco to end the war. Santa Anna was set free and Texas was now a new country from the Rio Grande to modern day Wyoming.