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Let's pause for a moment to remember our forebears who declared the Republic of Texas independent of Mexico on this day 171 years ago. With the Alamo under seige (don't worry, we'll be remembering that on Tuesday), five members of the Convention of 1836, which met in Washington-on-the-Brazos, prepared the document overnight, and the delegates to the convention approved it on March 2. After suffering tremendous losses to Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo and Goliad through the rest of that March, Texas won its independence from Mexico at San Jacinto on April 21.

Originally encompassing parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico, the Republic of Texas lasted until 1845, when, amidst a threatening territorial dispute between Texas and Mexico, the United States annexed Texas as a state. One of the Republic's last acts was the chartering of Baylor University. The Republic's first flag was the Burnet flag, pictured above, which was later replaced by the Texas flag we all know and love.

Here is the Declaration; here is information about the circumstances surrounding the Declaration's writing and signing. God bless Texas.



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