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Happy Texas Independence Day!

The Texas Declaration of Independence
(March 2, 1836)
The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight. Its urgency was paramount, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under siege by Santa Anna's army of Mexico.

Declaration: http://www.lsjunction.com/docs/tdoi.htm

Texas Independence Day--We pause to remember

Today is, of course, the 177th anniversary of the day in 1836 when Texans declared its independence from Mexico. Texas' own Fourth of July. It's a day of remembrance and celebration commemorated across the state, but most especially at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where the Texas Declaration of Independence was framed and issued.

Five copies of the historic document were ordered to be sent to the towns of Bexar, Goliad, Nacogdoches, Brazoria and San Felipe. A printer at San Felipe made 1,000 additional copies and the original was placed on file with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and eventually returned to Texas.

The declaration came just days before the Battle of the Alamo on March 6. The Battle at San Jacinto, which settled the matter militarily, would not take place until seven weeks later, on April 21 at the famed battleground located just east of Houston.

A tone of courageous, principled defiance was set at Washington-on-the-Brazos and supported in the letters of Texas hero William Barret Travis, written in late February 1836 during the siege of the San Antonio mission by Mexican forces led by Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna.

A welcome dimension of accessibility was added to the story a week ago when Travis' immortal letter was returned to the famed San Antonio mission for temporary public display. The "Victory or Death" missive was sent to Gen. Sam Houston on Feb. 25 by Lt. Col. Travis as the Alamo was surrounded by a thousand or more Mexican troops.

In Travis' words: "If they overpower us, we fall a sacrifice at the shrine of our country, and we hope prosperity and our country will do our memory justice. ... Victory or Death!"

The Texas we know in 2013 is a far cry from the empty wilderness of 1836. But the seeds of the mythical Texan character - tough, determined, never-say-die - were sown in those events and men we honor today.

http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Texas-Indepe...



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It's also Sam Houston's

It's also Sam Houston's birthday today.
Unlike the other revolutions against Mexico at the time, with his leadership, the war was won.

Thanks

as noted below, it is not a impressive state but we are trying to be the engine on the Freedom and Liberty train.

We need alot more help and alot more changes in Texas.

I've been to Texas once

and it didn't impress me much. The price of goods are real reasonable and the people friendly, but it was a culture shock seeing the state worship everywhere. What is that all about?

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

It's a whole other country

You have to be a native to truly understand.

I understand it

is a whole other country, but I found it frightening that most I talked to didn't question their govt. Sorry, but no matter how good a govt is, when the people do not question it it always degrades.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

What do you want?

Would you reather see us worship the U.S. Flag and Federal Leadership?

No, I will pay homage to my Texas flag and Texas Leadership before I pay crap to the Fed's.

That's the thing though.

Look at the past gov's of Texas. Look at the current one. Look at Houston wanting to pass a bill to photograph and fingerprint all sellers of PM's. Look at the schooling. It seems like when I was there people thought the state could do no wrong, even when the policy makers and educators in general are just as bad as the feds.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James

You must have gone to Dallas

Lol!

Even worse,

the outskirts of Austin XD

I just find that it is easier for any state to pass retched laws over a populace that worships it.

“When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.” – Dresden James