Texas Revolution and Republic

Events leading up to the Texas Revolution

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Mexican Constitution of 1824

The Mexican government adopts the Constitution of 1824. Based on the United States constitution, Texians are, for the most part, in favor of the document. Texas and Coahuila are joined as a single Mexican state.


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1826 Fredonian Rebellion

in 1826, in Nacogdoches, a group of Texans formed the Fredonian Republic led by

the Edwards Brothers, claimed the area was no longer under Mexican control. Stephen F. Austin sided with the Mexican government and marched to Nacogdoches

to help stop the rebellion. It ended quickly.


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1828 Mier y Teran Report

Mier y Teran is sent on a fact-finding mission to Texas by the Mexican government. Because of U.S. interest in Texas and the large number of Anglo settlers flowing into Mexico, the government is anxious to assess the situation.


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Law of April 6, 1830

In response to Mier y Teran's report, the Mexican government enacts the Law of April 6th. This law prohibits the immigration of any more Americans into Texas, places taxes on goods coming into Texas from the U.S., prohibits slaves from entering Texas from the U.S., and deploys Mexican troops for permanent duty station in Texas.


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1832 Turtle Bayou Resolution

In June 1832, Anglo-American settlers rebel against the Bustamente government and its violations of the Mexican Constitution of 1824. They adopt the Turtle Bayou Resolutions, pledging support for the constitution and urge all Texians to support the patriots fighting under Santa Anna to defeat military despotism.


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The Arrest of Stephen F. Austin

Austin travels to Mexico to meet with Mexican officials and delivers the

resolution written by Texas officials about their concerns. When he gets there, Santa Anna has become the leader of Mexico, but so much time has gone by that Austin sends a letter back to Texas to tell Texas officials to establish a state government. He gets a meeting with Santa Anna that agrees to many of the grievances and returns to Texas. On his return, he is arrested for treason because of the letter he wrote to Texas officials earlier. He is not allowed to return to Texas until summer of 1835.