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MANIFEST DESTINY: (316) Manifest Destiny: 1845, John L. OSullivan, a magazine editor, coined the phrase MANIFEST DESTINY Manifest Destiny God intended the United States to expand westward OSullivan argued that the United States should extend its western boundary all the way to the Pacific Ocean
MANIFEST DESTINY: (316) The idea of manifest destiny appealed to many Americans Northerners troubled by economic problems and urban crowding hoped that western expansion would lessen population pressures and create new markets for industrial products Southerners wanted western lands for increased cotton production
MANIFEST DESTINY: (316) Not all Americans supported manifest destiny. Some objected to expansion because many western lands were already claimed by other nations Others feared that expansion would make the United States too large to govern effectively
MEXICAN TEXAS: (317-318) The growing presence of U.S. settlers in foreign territory was particularly visible in Texas. This immigration increased significantly after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821 Mexican officials wanted to boost the non-American Indian population of Texas. To do this, they offered extremely cheap land and freedom from taxation to U.S. citizens who agreed to settle in the territory
MEXICAN TEXAS: (317-318) Mexican officials feared that the United States, which had twice tried to purchase Texas, would one day take the territory by force The few thousand Tejanos native Mexicans who lived in Texas stood little chance of blocking an invasion If Mexico could recruit enough U.S. settlers and turn them into loyal Mexican citizens, the country might be able to build a defensive force large enough to prevent a U.S. invasion
MEXICAN TEXAS: (317-318) To reduce the cultural influence of U.S. settlers in Mexico, the Mexican government also tried to recruit settlers from other foreign countries. It also did not offer land to every person who wanted it. Rather, it gave generous land grants to empresarios, people who agreed to recruit and take responsibility for new settlers. These empresarios attracted thousands of people to Texas during the 1820s Stephen F. Austin established a colony on the Gulf Coast of Texas in 1821
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318-320) By 1830 non-Mexicans in Texas outnumbered Tejanos, native Mexicans who lived in Texas, by out 2 to 1 Most of the new arrivals made little effort to learn Spanish or adapt to Mexican culture Although required to become Catholic, most privately continued to practice their own faith
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318- 320) Fearing a rebellion in Texas as well as a U.S. invasion, Mexico closed the Texas border to additional immigration from the United States in 1830 The Mexican government also prohibited the importation of slaves to Texas ALL THESE MEASURES DID LITTLE TO SLOW IMMIGRATION. By 1835 about 30,000 U.S. settlers, including some 3,000 slaves, lived in Texas. Many had entered illegally
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318- 320) Trouble Brews: (318-319) U.S. immigrants to Texas deeply resented the 1830 measures. Slaveholders feared that Mexican authorities would soon restrict the practice of slavery Although Mexican legislature had banned slavery, Texans had negotiated a special law that classified their slaves as indentured servants Many Texans feared that the cotton industry would collapse if the government overturned the law
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318- 320) Trouble Brews: (318-319) Tensions grew worse in 1833. After being elected president, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna established dictatorial control over the Mexican government This angered residents of many Mexican territories, including Texans Mexican authorities jailed Stephen F. Austin, who had gone to Mexico City hoping to resolve Texans conflict with Mexican authorities peacefully.
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318-320) Trouble Brews: (318-319) By the time Stephen F. Austin was released from jail in 1834, he had given up hope of a peaceful settlement. He said, War is our only recourse [option], he advised his fellow Texans. Outraged US settlers and Tejanos rose up in revolt the following year. Isolated clashes with the Mexican military quickly grew into a full- scale rebellion known as the Texas Revolution
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318-320) The Alamo and Goliad: (319-320) Alamo : a mission-fort built by the Spanish, at least 189 Texas rebels led by William Travis and Jim Bowie fought off repeated attacks by Santa Annas, leader of Mexican troops, army On March 6, 1835, Mexican troops finally overran the fort, killing all of the Texas rebel fighters.
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318-320) The Alamo and Goliad: (319-320) Alamo: Susanna Dickinson, a released civilian, had her husband had been killed in the fighting. Dickinsons account of the final days of the Alamo became widely known throughout Texas. She claimed that at one point William Travis had drawn a land in the sand saying that if wanted they could cross over and not fight. According to legend, all stayed The story added to the status of the Alamo defenders and spurred other Texans to support the cause of independence
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318- 320) The Alamo and Goliad: (319- 320) Goliad : After Mexican troops defeated a rebel army near Goliad, some 400 surviving Texans surrendered. General Santa Anna, of the Mexican Army, ordered that the prisoners be executed: Francita Alavez, a wife of a Mexican officer, saved some Texans by hiding them from Mexican soldiers. She became known as the Angel of Goliad.
BOTH THE ALAMO AND GOLIAD FURTHER FUELED ANTI-MEXICAN FEELINGS
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318-320) Victory at San Jacinto: (320) Even though the Texans declared their independence from Mexico on March 2, 1835, the Texan army was badly shaken by the defeats at the Alamo and Goliad Led my Sam Houston, commander of the Texas army, a force of approximately 900 rebels surprised Santa Anna and his troops. The Mexican soldiers were taking an after-noon nap near the San Jacinto River. They were shouting Remember the Alamo! and Remember Goliad! The Texans tore through the Mexican lines, killing some 630 Mexican troops and taking Santa Anna prisoner in the Battle of San Jacinto
TEXAS REVOLUTION: (318-320) Victory at San Jacinto: (320) With his army weakened and supplies low, Santa Anna signed a treaty granting Texas its independence A short time later in 1836, Texans elected San Houston as the first president of the independent Republic of Texas The Mexican government refused to recognize the Republic of Texas arguing that Santa Anna was forced to sign the San Jacinto agreement illegally.
LIFE IN THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS: (320-322) Texas petitioned the U.S. Congress for annexation in 1837. However, northern opposition to admitting another slave state as well as a cautious foreign policy toward Mexico prevented Texas from being accepted into the Union immediately From 1835-1845 Texas existed as an independent republic. THAT IS WHY TEXAS IS KNOWN AS THE LONE STAR STATE
LIFE IN THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS: (320- 322) French and German Immigration: (320- 321) One of the Republics first tasks was to increase its population Henri Castro, a French banker of Portuguese descent, was granted an empresario, land grant, in central Texas by the Texas government. Two years later Castro brought 35 French colonists many of them from the German-speaking region of Alsace in France Over the next few years more than 7,000 German immigrants cane to live in what they called the Paradise of North America. MANY GERMANS SETTLED IN TEXAS
LIFE IN THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS: (320-322) Discrimination against Tejanos: (321) Tejanos: Native Mexicans who lived in Texas The Tejanos did not do as well as the German settlers in the Lone Star Republic. After Texas achieved the Tejanos became victims of violence and discrimination. Many of their lands and property were seized by white Texans; some were even kicked-out of the country Juan Seguin, a leading Tejano figure in the Texas Revolution, helped the Texans against the Mexicans in the Battle for the Alamo. Even though he fought with the Texans he faced discrimination because he was a Tejanos.
LIFE IN THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS: (320-322) The Economy and Defense (322)