Texas Revolution!

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Celebrating Texas Chapter 9 and 10
This unit covers the Texas Revolution. Early conflicts between the Anglo settlers and the Mexican government will be analyzed and the chronicle of events leading to the Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Key battles and individuals who added to the rich fabric of Texas during this era will be studied.

Essential Questions:

  • How do historic events shape individuals and groups of people?
  • How do people shape history?
  • Is conflict an inevitable result of human interaction?
  • Why do we need laws?
  • How do laws reflect the society which they control?
  • How do citizens make their voices heard?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of citizenship

Enduring Understandings:

  • People, events, and issues from the past influence the present and the future.
  • People and events form the past influence our perception of the present and future.
  • Human nature motivates us to explore new areas and ideas to better understand the world around us.
  • Conflict is an inevitable consequence of human interaction.
  • People create systems of government as well as structures of power and authority to provide order and stability.


Travis Photo

William B. Travis


Jim Bowie

Crockett Photo

Davey Crockett

Houston Photo

Sam Houston

Santa Anna Photo

Santa Anna

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Primary Sources

What is a primary source?

Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.

Here are some example of primary sources:




Texas Revolution Personalities and Places


Colony to Independence


Colony Matching


Colony Concentration




Texas Declaration of Independence

Washington on The Brazos where the first government of the Republic of Texas was created.


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In early March, 1836, the unlikely town of Washington, a small, roughhewn, ramshackle town, which had sprung up around a ferry landing next to the Brazos River entered the history books as the birthplace of Texas.

It was here that on March 1, 1836, delegates elected from each municipality (town) in Texas convened (set up) in an unfinished frame building.  While the forces of General Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo, the Convention of 1836 declared Texas' independence from Mexico, wrote a new constitution which established the Republic of Texas and organized an ad interim (temporary) government.

Map of the Coleto Creek Battle and Surrender (Goliad)

Santa Anna's surrender to Houston

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