Presentation on theme: "Moving West part 6 Texas Fights for Independence."— Presentation transcript:
Moving West part 6 Texas Fights for Independence
Tensions soon erupted between Texas’ Anglo population and Mexico.
First, the Anglo settlers spoke English instead of Spanish.
Second, the Anglos tended to be Protestant instead of Catholic.
Third, many of the settlers were Southerners who had brought their slaves with them. Mexico had outlawed slavery in 1829.
As the American colony grew, Austin went to Mexico City to visit the Mexican President, Antonio López de Santa Anna. Austin asked Santa Anna for greater self-government for Texas.
Santa Anna responded by throwing Austin in jail.
Austin eventually was freed. He returned to Texas and called for Texans to arm themselves.
Soon afterward, Santa Anna led an army to San Antonio to force the Texans to obey Mexican law.
As a result, war broke out between the two sides in 1835. The war became known as the Texas Revolution.
One of the most famous battles of the Texas Revolution occurred at the Alamo, a mission in San Antonio. In February of 1836, a small group of American forces tried to defend the Alamo from Mexican troops.