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What if the cannon that Green DeWitt requested was never delivered?
In 1824, a new constitution was made in Mexico. This allowed immigration to Texas for very cheap land; as long as they followed Mexico's rules and converted to Catholicism. Also, the states Coahuila and Texas formed together as one state giving Coahuila more political say in things as they had a vastly larger population. As the Anglos never felt attached to Mexico in the first place, first signs of rebellion are seen in the Fredonian Rebellion due to lack of support from Mexico and its basic neglect for Texas as a state. The rebellion failed, Mexico sends a reporter to Texas to report on signs of tension. This report was later known as the Mier y Teran Report. His report included information about the Anglos abiding slavery laws (a way Anglos could not adjust to Mexican life) and the distance they kept from Mexican citizens which caused distrust; and of course tension. Mexico then retaliated towards Texas creating the Law of April 6, 1830. This law included rules restricting access with the United States. It outlawed immigration, stopped handing out land grants, and also raised the tax on imported United States' goods.
One particular accident caused tension to rise. The Turtle Bayou Resolutions were held near the Galveston Bay. In the predicament, slavery was concerned and lawyers were involved as settlers were given an excuse to skirmish with Mexican soldiers because of the handful of freed slaves. In the two conventions, the one of 1832 and 1833 Texas listed their demands including statehood and lower taxes. Stephen Austin was sent to Mexico to deliver these demands and they were met, except for statehood. Austin sent letters to Texas telling them to declare statehood ahead of time, though these letters were intercepted and he was sent to jail in Mexico City.
A Basic Timeline (From Stephen F. Austin's arrest)
We all know 1836 as the arguably most important year of Texas history as the year of independence, but what if we could change that?
What if the Texans from Gonzales never requested the cannon? The “battle” that caused even MORE uprising had never occurred? The fight boosted the morale of every single last Texan soldier, and that could have singlehandedly convinced hundreds of Texan militants to help the cause. But with a different input, comes a different output...