Remember the Alamo. Remember Goliad. Remember the Texans' victory at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Remember that 175 years ago, Texas was a part of Mexico until the Texans rebelled.Although there were still battles to fight, the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence severed ties with Mexico, and March 2, 1836, became known as Texas Independence Day.
When Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican army was defeated April 21, 1836, Texas was declared a separate nation. Remember the Republic of Texas....."We had our own army, navy, postal service, diplomatic recognition," said J.P. Bryan, who serves on the board of the Texas State Historical Association. "We functioned as a separate nation.".....Bryan is distantly related to Stephen F. Austin, a Texas pioneer tossed in jail for several months when he took Texas' grievances to Mexico City in 1834.
Here is a quick refresher of Texas events in 1836:
Feb. 23: Siege at the Alamo begins. Santa Anna's forces arrive in Béxar to enforce government policy. The Mexican general sends a courier demanding the Alamo's surrender, and William Barret Travis replies with cannon fire.
March 1: Elected delegates meet at the Convention of 1836 in Washington-on-the-Brazos, which became the birthplace of Texas Independence.
March 2: The convention adopts the Texas Declaration of Independence, which was formally signed the following day.
March 6: Alamo siege ends with a Mexican victory and the deaths of the defenders — including Travis, James Bowie and Davy Crockett.
March 27: Col. James Fannin and about 340 other Texas prisoners are executed at the Goliad massacre by Mexican soldiers carrying out Santa Anna's orders.
April 21: Gen. Sam Houston leads Texans to victory over Santa Anna's forces at San Jacinto.
May 14: Santa Anna signs two treaties in Velasco, a public one declaring that Mexican forces would withdraw to south of the Rio Grande and a secret one recognizing Texas' independence.