1836 - Texas declares independence from Mexico

The fall of the Alamo after Mexican General Santa Ana defeated the small band of Texas 'revolutionaries' who declared their independence from Mexico. True independence would not come for Texas for another ten years, when President James K. Polk provoked an unlawful war with Mexico, which was settled at the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, in which Mexico ceded Texas, California, and most of its territorial claims north of the Rio Grande River, including the territories of New Mexico and Arizona.

          This would be the first of several attempts by Texans to establish their independence from Mexico.  This effort led to the famous lopsided battle between General Santa Ana and a small group of rebels, including Jim Bowie and Davie Crockett, who perished under seige at a place called the Alamo in the modern day city of San Antonio, Texas.

         The new renegade state attempts to acquire all Indian land by decree.


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