Tuesday, March 2, 2010

2 march 1836

Texas Declares Independence from Mexico

"Urgent" doesn't do the situation justice. With 135 brave defenders under siege by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's Mexican army at the Alamo, a convention of Texans met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared the independence of Texas from Mexico. The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced--literally--overnight:
When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty and property of the people from whom its legitimate powers are derived, and for the advancement of whose happiness it was instituted; and so far from being a guarantee for the enjoyment of those inestimable and inalienable rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression . . . .

. . . We, therefore, the delegates, w
ith plenary powers, of the people of Texas, in solemn convention assembled, appealing to a candid world for the necessities of our condition, do hereby resolve and DECLARE that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended; and that the people of Texas do now constitute a FREE, SOVEREIGN and INDEPENDENT RE-PUBLIC, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to the independent nations . . . .

Happy Birthday, Texas.
And many more ....

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