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The History of Texas

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Carol Stoddard

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The History of Texas
Part One
Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, some guys from this continent set out to find a shorter route to India . . . and they got lost. What they stumbled on was the New World. And then more explorers came . . . and they got lost too. From which continent did they come?
And now which European explorer was shipwrecked on the Texas coast?

Things did change and the Texans got mad. Don't ever make a Texan mad. So Texans and Mexico got into an argument over a cannon . . . where was this?
They sailed for
months and months looking for this shortcut to the Pacific Ocean. Me? I would've stopped at QT for a fountain drink and asked for directions.
But when I carried out
my father's plans of helping settlers immigrate from the U.S. to Texas, hundreds and hundreds of people came.
Who am I?
And that's how
we ended up here, where
both sides were so mad at
each other, they were
ready for war.
I think the best place to begin is in Dallas. It sure has grown since I first started a trading post
here in 1841.
So . . . you want
to know the history of our great state? Then join me and some of my friends, and we'll get started. Hmmm, now where do we begin?
So the Spanish explorers
decided to stay and build these structures. What were they called? The priests who lived here invited us natives to join them. And . . . well . . . we really weren't all
that interested.
John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan
And then too many settlers moved to Texas and you couldn't find a good seat at the game.
Constitution of 1824

And then Mexico kicked the King of Spain to the curb and created its own constitution. Texans loved it because it allowed them to do pretty much whatever they wanted.

We're free!
April 6, 1830:
"Dear Diary - Aye, aye, aye! Too many Anglo's are living in Texas. I'm going to make some changes around here. I'll pass a new law to slow down immigration."
The Battle of the Alamo
was a major part of the Texan's fight for independence. Come on in and we'll show you a brief overview of what happened next.
February 1836:
Santa Anna and his
army fires on the Alamo, and
the battle begins. Meanwhile,
Mexican general José Urrea defeats
Texas soldiers led by Col. Francis Johnson.
March 1836:
Then it gets worse . . . Colonel James W. Fannin and his troops are defeated by General Urrea at the Battle of Coleto. Then, several hundred Texas soldiers are executed at Goliad.
March 1836: Santa Anna defeats the small Texan army at the Alamo. Over 100 Texans lose their lives and the Mexican flag flies over Texas once again. But just when you think all is lost . . .

May 1836: After signing the Treaty of Velasco, Texas had finally won its independence. Tah Dah!
Honor the Texas flag - I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.
Well, maybe not THAT far back. Let's move forward a bit.
President Bustamante
Um, speaking of changes . . .
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
Did you know that where Euless Jr. High sits now was exactly where I built my home and cotton gin in 1879? That's how the City of Euless began. But we'll get to that later. For now, let's go even further back in time.
Elisha Adam Euless
Here's the best place to begin ... in my home town of Euless. Hey, isn't this your school? Go Stallions!
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
April 1836: Texas general Sam Houston and his small army of volunteers defeat Mexican troops at the battle of San Jacinto.
This country lies in that continent. Whose flag is this?
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