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Today in Texas History: Mexico Releases Texas Captives from Perote Prison

Today in Texas History: September 16th, 1844: Mexico Releases Texas Captives from Perote Prison On this day in 1844, Mexican officials released 105 Texans from Perote Prison. The freed men were the last of the captives taken in the Dawson Massacre, the Mier expedition, and the Texan Santa Fe expedition–all episodes in the ongoing strife…
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This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Elected President of the Republic of Texas

This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Elected President of the Republic of Texas September 5, 1836 On this day in 1836, Sam Houston, the victor of San Jacinto, was elected president of the newly founded Republic of Texas. Candidates for the office had included Henry Smith, governor of the provisional government, and Stephen F.…
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This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Nominated for President of the Republic of Texas

This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Nominated for President of the Republic of Texas August 15, 1836 On this day in 1836, Philip Sublett nominated Sam Houston for president of the Republic of Texas. Sublett, a Kentucky native, had participated in the battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 and was a delegate to the conventions…
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This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar

This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar August 5, 1838 On this day in 1838, Samuel D. Parr arrived at Point Bolivar and claimed a league of land there, thus becoming the first permanent settler in the area. Point Bolivar is at the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula, across from…
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This Day in Texas History: U.S. Recognizes Republic of Texas Claims to Disputed Territory

This Day in Texas History: U.S. Recognizes Republic of Texas Claims to Disputed Territory April 25, 1838 On this day in 1838, the United States and the Republic of Texas signed the Convention of Limits, which recognized Texas claims to disputed territory in Red River County (the present Bowie, Red River, Franklin, Titus, Morris, and…
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This day in Texas History: Texas Declares Independence from Mexico

This day in Texas History: Texas Declares Independence from Mexico March 02, 1836 On this day in 1836, Texas became a republic. On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for…
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This day in Texas History: Commission Established to Plan Central National Road

This day in Texas History: Commission Established to Plan Central National Road February 05, 1844 On this day in 1844, the Texas Congress established a five-man commission to oversee the construction of the Central National Road. The road was to begin on the bank of the Trinity River in Dallas County and run to the…
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This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler at Point Bolivar

This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler at Point Bolivar August 05, 1838 On this day in 1838, Samuel D. Parr arrived at Point Bolivar and claimed a league of land there, thus becoming the first permanent settler in the area. Point Bolivar is at the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula, across from the…
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This Day in Texas History: Council House Fight Destroys Comanche-White Relations

This Day in Texas History: Council House Fight Destroys Comanche-White Relations March 19, 1840 On this day in 1840, Republic of Texas soldiers killed some thirty Penateka Comanche leaders and warriors and five women and children in the Council House Fight in San Antonio. The Comanches had come to San Antonio seeking to make peace.…
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This Day in Texas History: Convention of 1836 Breaks Up in a Hurry

This Day in Texas History: Convention of 1836 Breaks Up in a Hurry March 17, 1836 On this day in 1836, the Convention of 1836 adjourned in haste as the Mexican army approached Washington-on-the-Brazos. The convention, which met on March 1, drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas,…
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