This Day in History: The “Father of Texas” is born

On this day in 1793, Stephen F. Austin is born. He would come to be known as the “Father of Texas.” Perhaps there is a twist of irony in that title? When Austin first heard of an opportunity to set up a settlement in Texas, he wasn’t so crazy about the idea. To the contrary, […]

This Day in History: Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto

On this day in 1836, Texans win the Battle of San Jacinto. The battle was won in only 18 minutes! The decisive victory would ultimately ensure independence for the Republic of Texas. It also avenged the blood that had been shed at the Alamo and at Goliad. The Texans (then “Texians”) had accomplished their goal […]

This Day in History: Texans hold their ground at the Alamo

On this day in 1836, a group of Texans hold their ground during a siege at the Alamo. That siege and the battle that followed were among the most pivotal events of the Texas Revolution. Only a day earlier, on February 23, Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna had arrived at the Alamo with […]

This Day in History: Texas joins the Union as the 28th state

God Bless Texas! On this day in 1845, Texas joins the Union as the 28th state. Of course, we were the Republic of Texas immediately before that. Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836, and it was an independent nation for more than nine years before it joined the Union. But annexation into the […]

This Day in History: The Siege of Bexar comes to an end

On this day in 1835, Mexican General Martin Perfecto de Cos raises a flag of truce.   He was ready to surrender San Antonio to the Texian Army. The capture concluded the long Siege of Béxar. Texians were feeling pretty optimistic at this point in the Texas Revolution! Could it really be as easy as that?! […]