Belated Happy Birthday

One of our readers sent this in:

Notice Texas Independence was not even mentioned in ELPASO, TX but we will celebrate 5 de Mayo. Wonder why the rest of the state ignores us.


Happy Birthday, Texas

 Texas Independence Day: Happy 180th Birthday, Texas!


On this day in 1836, Texas became a republic. On March 1, delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. The committee consisted of: George C. Childress, James Gaines, Edward Conrad, Collin McKinney, and Bailey Hardeman. Childress was named chairman, and it is generally conceded that he wrote the instrument with little help from the other members. In fact, there is some evidence that he brought to the convention a proposed declaration that was adopted with little change by the committee and the convention This view is substantiated by the fact that the committee was appointed on March 1, and the declaration was presented to the convention on March 2. The Texas edict, like the United States Declaration of Independence, contains a statement on the nature of government, a list of grievances, and a final declaration of independence. The separation from Mexico was justified by a brief philosophical argument and by a list of grievances. The declaration charged that the government of Mexico had ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people; that it had been changed from a restricted federal republic to a consolidated, central, military despotism; that the people of Texas had remonstrated against the misdeeds of the government only to have their agents thrown into dungeons and armies sent forth to enforce the decrees of the new government at the point of the bayonet; that the welfare of Texas had been sacrificed to that of Coahuila; that the government had failed to provide a system of public education, trial by jury, freedom of religion, and other essentials of good government; and that the Indians had been incited to massacre the settlers. According to the declaration, the Mexican government had invaded Texas to lay waste to the territory and had a large mercenary army advancing to carry on a war of extermination. The final grievance, listed in justification of revolution, charged that the Mexican government had been “the contemptible sport and victim of successive military revolutions and hath continually exhibited every characteristic of a weak, corrupt, and tyrannical government.” After the signing of the original declaration by fifty-nine delegates, five copies of the document were dispatched to the designated Texas towns of Bexar, Goliad, Nacogdoches, Brazoria, and San Felipe. The printer at San Felipe was also instructed to make 1,000 copies in handbill form. The original was deposited with the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C., and was not returned to Texas until some time after June, 1896. We hope that you enjoy this insight into the lives of the early days of Texas. Own a piece of Texas history, and share the spirit of the Legacy of Texas!





17 Responses to Belated Happy Birthday

  1. Deputy Dawg says:

    For a little perspective: The “Texans” back then set up house in the middle of the sovereign nation of Mexico. Technically, they could have been considered illegal immigrants. Perhaps Mexico should have built a wall.


  2. And, here come the revisionists’ versions of events. What happened, happened, and all the coulda, woulda, shoulda you want to bring up won’t change history. There was a lot more going on in what is now Texas at that time than someone “setting up house” in the middle of the sovereign nation of Mexico. They were not considered illegal immigrants, since most of them were here upon invitation, and/or had otherwise complied with immigration laws of that time and place.


    • Deputy Dawg says:

      John, Even if you were correct (and I emphasize WERE because history is written by the victors), then what would we call a group of people that declared war against the government of the country that they were “invited” to come to? You sir, would call them patriots no doubt.

      If that happened today in the US, we would call them terrorists.
      But only if they were Muslim in your mind I suppose…

      The point I am trying to apparently not successfully making is that we now celebrate from the past some of the exact behavior we condemn at present.

      Boston Tea Party? Act of Patriotism or act of terrorism? Depends on your point of view I suppose. To America: Act of Patriotism To the British: Act of Terrorism.

      Texans taking over land in a country that is not theirs: Illegal immigration or act of patriotism? Depends on your perspective I spouse.

      It is the irony of history, and it is an example of how we don’t look at both sides of a story very often. We only look at it from a singular perspective and then when someone posits an alternative, people call it “revisionism” as if that is a bad thing.


      • Brutus says:

        Great discussion.

        S. I. Hayakawa’s statement might contribute–“We should keep the Panama Canal. After all, we stole it fair and square.”



        • Deputy Dawg says:

          We are full of these examples: Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny or Native American Genocide? Depends on your perspective. I suppose of your tribe was decimated, you might have a different perspective than the white guys that had to get to California for all that gold or to Utah to start your utopian polygamist society.

          Slavery was written into one of the recent Texas Textbooks not as SLAVERY but as foreign worker migration program. Talk about revisionism!

          Even the SBOE wanted to remove Thomas Jefferson’s role as a founding father because he had the gall to suggest that there needed to be a separation of church and state. What a liberal!


      • Jerry K says:

        My favorite “terrorist” was Gen. Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys who opened fire on the British in 1775 before we were even formally at war with them. Quite a character and a great American patriot.

        Of course, that’s very non-PC these days.


  3. Helen Marshall says:

    in any case the El Paso on the north side of the river did not exist when Texas was a republic, it was only founded in the mid 1850s and even then was just a small village at best. Being 600-plus miles away from the state capitol and largest cities has something to do with being overlooked…that happened even back in the 1930s when the Centennial of the Republic was celebrated, and El Paso received essentially nothing in the way of funding a commemoration (and the city was pretty much run by “Anglos” at that point). In some ways it’s too bad the citizenry didn’t vote to be part of New Mexico, El Paso would have been the biggest city in the state!


  4. Dorothy says:

    Toto, we’re not in Texas or the U.S. anymore. El Paso has been unofficially annexed by Juarez. Some people like it this way. Many El Paso residents are fed up, so they are leaving and moving back to the U.S.


    • Dorothy, I am really interested in learning just how you came to the conclusion that “El Paso has been unoficially annexed by Juarez.” Please elucidate, and keep in mind the words posted by Helen Marshall. Are you a native El Pasoan, by the way?


  5. ManintheMoon says:

    Deputy Dawg
    And the Mexican government set up their county in the middle of sovereign nations of the the native Americans and before that the Spaniards. Guess they could have been called illegal immigrants too.
    Oh and before the Europeans got here the Pueblo Indians were having their people and property taken and destroyed by the Comanches and the Apaches. And before that the Aztecs where taking and destroying others weaker tribes stuff too. So who can you say is the real owner of all of this land since at some point some one took it from others.
    Historical what you seen, in almost every case, is a more advanced people taking over from a lesser advanced people.
    Hell Deputy Dawg it is the evolution of what we now call the civilized world which most likely started when Homo sapiens took over what once belonged to the Neanderthals.
    Oh and here is something to think about if every beings from outer space shows up guess who’s stuff is probably going to be taken too. ;o)


    • Deputy Dawg says:

      Since the “more advanced people taking over from a lesser advanced people,” I guess that means that the illegal immigrants are more advanced than us, according to all the GOP mouth breathers that say the country is being taken over. Sweet! (Psst: Just don’t tell Sheriff Joe!)


      • ManintheMoon says:

        Deputy Dawg
        But they haven’t taken over.If you go with highest number of undocumented claimed by the right you are only talking about 20 million or so the left mostly claims it’s only 10 to 12 million in a country of 330 million. Nice try at the big spin!
        Deputy Dawg would you like to do the math and give us the maximum and minimum numbers to percentage of population?


    • Deputy Dawg says:

      However, the discussion is about Texas…


      • ManintheMoon says:

        Deputy Dawg
        Was not the one who took it off on how terrible the right is. Then again back on the thread.Whether Texas,Mexico or all of America pretty much some one had some degree of ownership before some other group came along and took over. It not just endemic to Texas or just whites and Anglos. History shows it a general human trait.Whether it was the Egyptians over the Nubians, Israelite over the Canaanites, Romans over the Barbarians, Etc. it is a part of what some may and call the ascent of Man. Then at least, to some degree, we are getting better at coming out of the cave and no automatically clubbing each other to death for what the other has.


  6. Y Que! says:

    I didn’t realize El Paso was part of Texas. I thought we were a suburb of Juarez.


  7. Jerry Kurtyka says:

    I have this problem of how I describe El Paso to people I meet on my travels. Their perception is from the cartel war and Juarez and I don’t want to add to the negative vibe. So I just tell them that El Paso is the “American face of Mexico” which usually elicits a confused stare. Then I further explain, “Imagine that Mexico established a city in the USA that is thoroughly Mexican in culture, race, language and practice but is otherwise under American laws.”

    They seem to get that but no one wants to move here.


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