Houston Regains Presidency. The Lone Star Republic. Because Texas was a slave-holding state… Because of Texas debt… Because of threat of Mexican invasion… Because he believed Texas would one day be a large and strong country… Because of the Native American threat in Texas
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During Houston’s first term, the United States was not ready to annex Texas because it would unbalance the ratio of slave and free states.
Annexation became an issue during the United States presidential election of 1844.
Democratic presidential candidate, James K. Polk, supported Texas annexation.
Polk’s victory in a very close election showed that most of the voters favored annexation.
Annexation gained momentum from growing support for expansion.Polk Wins Election
Most Americans believed the United States was destined to expand coast to coast. This belief was called manifest destiny.
Great Britain and France both preferred that Texas remain an independent nation rather than become a part of the United States. Both tried to convince Mexico that it should recognize Texas independence.
On February 19, 1846, Anson Jones, the last president of the republic, turned over the government to J. Pinkney Henderson, the first governor of the state.
Jack “Coffee” Hays –Most famous Texas Ranger from the 1840’s
Chief Bowles - Cherokee chief who attempted to save their land, but died fighting the Texas army. He was a good friend of Sam Houston
William Goyens - Free African American who was a successful businessman. Served as an interpreter of the Native American languages during the Texas Revolution.
Mary Maverick - Famous frontier woman who lived in San Antonio
Jose Antonio Navarro - Native Texan who signed the Texas declaration. He was a Texas congressman during the Republic then became a Texas Senator after annexation.People to know…
Cordova Rebellion - A group of about 100 Hispanics and 300 Cherokees who rebelled against the Republic of Texas over Anglo’s taking their land.
Council House Fight - A meeting between Texas authorities and Comanche’s that turned into a battle when the Comanche negotiators were taken hostage. Comanche’s refused to make treaties with Texas again.
Santa Fe Expedition - Lamar’s attempt to gain control of a major trading center, but failed when the Texas soldiers surrendered in New Mexico. Most of the Texas men were imprisoned or died in Mexican prison.Events to know…