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By: Gabby, Aubrey, & Kennedy

Erasmo Seguin


Erasmo Seguín is a politician in San Antonio in the 19th century. From 1807 until 1835, he served as head postmaster of San Antonio, Texas. After Mexico achieved independence from Spain, Erasmo was named the representative from Texas. He helped to draft the Constitution of 1824 and was a major influence in the the government and in the helping of the constitution. He assisted Stephen F. Austin in choosing land for the first colony of American settlers to immigrate to Texas. He then later supported the Texas Revolution, providing political as well as material support.

Mexican War

Sunday, Nov. 8th 1846 at 4pm

Mexico and Texas

During the Mexican War, Erasmo Seguín teamed with the rebellion. In January 1811, Juan Bautista de las Casas led a revolt in Bexar, overthrowing governor Manuel María de Salcedo and making himself head of a new Mexican state. Him being ruler caused disapprovement within Texas, and Seguín helped to organize the counter-revolt that deposed de las Casas. A governing council was created to help lead the province until Spanish troops could regain control; Seguín held one of the seats.

The problems with the Mexican Government

Texas colonists would plan many meetings to discuss their issues with the Mexican Government. Most of these were regarded illegal by the latest Mexican law and needed in attendance by native Texans. Austin tried to advise Seguín to support the settlement sought by the colonists. Austin went directly to San Antonio de Béxar to meet with Seguín after the Convention of 1833 adjourned on April 14. Seguín called a series of meetings, held from May 3 to 5, for prominent locals to debate the convention proceedings. Seguin was the only Béxar politician to fully support separate statehood.


The problems with the Economic conditions

Upon his return to San Antonio late in 1824, Seguín labored to build up his economic position. Having recovered possession of the property confiscated during the Mexican War of Independence, which included a large ranch previously belonging to San Antonio de Valero Mission, he added to his holdings a 9,000 acre tract at a site near present Floresville. There he made an effort to become a cotton planter.


The problems with the settlers in the settlement

Before Austin returned, in 1832, the Mexican garrison at Nacogdoches rushed to Velasco and quickly defused the imminent battle by relieving Bradburn of his command and consenting to the settlers' demands.


The problems with the completion of their settlement plan

Moses Austin left for Missouri shortly thereafter to begin gathering families and making plans for colonization. He had been granted 200,000 acres of land, and he wanted to return in May.