Texas Independence Day, Saturday, March 2, 2013by Representative Gene Green
Posted on 2013-02-27
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, this Saturday, March 2, 2013,
marks Texas Independence Day. 177 years ago on March 2, 1836, after
more than a year of negotiations, citizen delegates met at Washington-
on-the-Brazos and declared Texas independent.
The story of Texas independence dates back to 1830s, when a military dictatorship seized power in Mexico and abolished the Mexican Constitution. Once in power, the dictatorship refused to provide the most basic of rights, including a trial by jury, freedom of religion, public education for their citizens and the right to bear arms, this last one being the most intolerable, particularly among Texans.
Failure to provide these basic rights violated the sacred contract between a government and the people, and Texans did what we still do today--stand up for our rights.
At the Convention of 1836 on March 1, a committee of five delegates was appointed to draft the Texas Declaration of Independence. The committee, consisting of George C. Childress, Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman, and Collin McKinney, prepared the declaration in record time. It was briefly reviewed, then adopted by the delegates of the convention the following day, March 2.
The Texas Declaration of Independence states that Texas' government had been ``forcibly changed, without their consent, from a restricted federative republic, composed of sovereign states, to a consolidated central military despotism.'' The Texas Declaration of Independence was truly produced overnight. Its urgency was paramount, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under siege by Santa Anna's army of Mexico.
On March 6, four days after the signing, the Alamo fell with her commander Lt. Colonel William Barrett Travis, Colonel Jim Bowie, Former Tennessee Congressman David Crockett, and approximately 200 other Texan defenders.
However, on the afternoon of April 21, 1836, the Texan army avenged their losses at the Alamo and attacked Santa Anna's camp near the San Jacinto River. The Mexican army was taken by surprise, and the roughly 900 members of the Texan army were able to overpower the much larger Mexican army. During the fighting, many of the Texan soldiers repeatedly cried, ``Remember the Alamo!'' The Battle of San Jacinto was over after just 18 minutes. Santa Anna was forced to order his troops out of Texas, thus ending Mexico's control.
Today we give thanks to the many Texans that sacrificed for the freedom we now enjoy. God bless Texas and God bless America.