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Collection Reference Number GLC02559
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1836 
Title Texas Declaration of Independence
Date 2 March 1836
Author Texas. Republic.  
Document Type Broadside
Content Description Broadside declaring the independence of Texas from Mexico. The Dr. Paul Burns copy, listed in the Thomas Taylor census Texfake as #2 of authentic copies. Printed by Baker and Bordens.
Subjects Texas  American West  Latin and South America  Global History and Civics  Government and Civics  Mexican War  Military History  
Place written San Felipe, Texas
Theme Westward Expansion; The Mexican War; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information On March 2, 1836, Texas formally declared itself independent of Mexico. Earlier, a band of some 300 Texans captured Mexico's military headquarters in San Antonio and Santa Anna had begun to march north with 7000 soldiers (an army filled with raw recruits including many Indians who spoke and understood little Spanish). Sam Houston ordered Texans to abandon San Antonio, but a group of rebels decided to defend the town and make their stand at an abandoned Spanish mission, the Alamo. For 12 days, Mexican forces laid siege to the Alamo. On March 6, four days after Texas declared independence, Mexican troops scaled the mission's walls; 183 defenders were killed, including several Mexicans who had fought for Texas independence, and their oil-soaked bodies were set on fire outside the Alamo.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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