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The Texas Revolution. Causes of the Revolt The Texas Revolution The Aftermath. Westward Movement. Americans “wanted” to expand to the West Americans especially in the Southern region “wanted” to expand slavery

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The Texas Revolution

Causes of the Revolt

The Texas Revolution

The Aftermath


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Westward Movement

  • Americans “wanted” to expand to the West

  • Americans especially in the Southern region “wanted” to expand slavery

  • Americans “wanted” to expand their type of civilization and Christianity to “lesser people”


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A History of Texas

  • Americans are invited to settle the region of Tejas by the Mexican government in 1821 under the empresario system they are required to become Mexican citizens

  • By 1830 Americans outnumber native Mexicans

  • Disagreements will arise over slavery, religion and language


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Causes of the Texas Revolution

  • Negligence- Mexico allowed Anglos to run their own affairs in government

  • Racism- Both sides feel that they are better than one another

  • Cultural Differences- Mexicans are Christians and speak Spanish; Anglos refuse to learn Mexican culture


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Causes of the Texas Revolution

  • Slavery- Mexico had outlawed slavery in 1830 but Anglos continue to bring them

  • Government- Anglos believe in state’s right, Mexico believes in a strong central government


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Santa Anna

  • Mexican president who seeks to put down Texas Revolution and gain power over Mexico

  • He orders the siege of the Alamo

  • The purpose of executing survivors was to end rebellion


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The Mexican Response

  • The Mexican Government passes the Law of April 6, 1830 to stop Anglos from immigrating to Texas

  • Anglos believe that they are rebelling against an oppressive government again


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William B. Travis

  • South Carolinian who flees to Texas after abandoning his family

  • Practices law and becomes a leading voice in the rebellion against Mexico

  • Becomes the commander at the Alamo and is killed at its siege on March 6, 1836

  • Most of the defenders at the Alamo are not from Texas most are from the South


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The Alamo, March 6 1836

  • Siege of Texian forces led by William Travis and Jim Bowie, Feb 23-March 6, 1836

  • Close to 187 Texians and Tejanos fight a Mexican army of 2,000 men at the Alamo mission

  • All Texians are killed and the Alamo becomes a symbol of heroism and rallies Texians to fight


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Sam Houston

  • Virginian who makes Texas his home

  • Commander of Texan army who overtakes Santa Anna’s army at San Jacinto, Texas and gives Texas independence from Mexico


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San Jacinto, April 21, 1836

  • April 21, 1836 forces led by Houston defeat tried Mexican forces under Santa Anna

  • Fighting lasted 20 minutes but slaughter continues until evening over 630 Mexicans killed

  • Massacre is revenge driven for the Alamo and Goliad


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Treaty of Velasco, May 14, 1836

  • Treaty gives Texas it’s independence also boundary between Mexico and Texas established

  • Texas argues that Rio Grande is boundary but Mexico argues that it is the Nueces River

  • This will come back and haunt both countries


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Texas Becomes A Republic

  • Republic:a form of government in which people elect representatives to govern them

  • Texas eventually will be annexed by the United States and become the 28th state of the United States

  • Annexation: the process of making a territory part of a nation


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