This Day in History: Thornton’s Affair sparks the Mexican-American War

On this day in 1846, Mexican and American forces clash in a disputed area close to the Rio Grande. The so-called Thornton Affair would finally push the United States into war with Mexico. “Hostilities may be considered to have commenced,” then-Brigadier General Zachary Taylor wrote President Polk. “American blood has been spilled.” Tension had been […]

This Day in History: Texans win their independence at 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 at the Alamo refuse to surrender

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. Mere days earlier, on February 23, Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna had arrived at the Alamo with his […]

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 first shots of the Texas Revolution

On this day in 1835, the Texas Revolution begins! Did you know that the first battle was fought because Texans decided that the Mexicans would have to pull an old, small cannon out of their cold, dead hands? Does that fact, alone, explain my home state?! 😉 The Texas Revolution wasn’t fought entirely over one […]