The arrival of March heralds not only a season of growth and beginnings, but also our great state’s birthday.
On March 2, 1836, when Texas was still part of Mexico, 59 delegates gathered at Washington, Texas, to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence.
The memory of battle held strong in Texans’ minds as Seguín and others from San Antonio honored the Alamo heroes. Though conflicts between Texas and Mexico began as early as 1826, the Texas Revolution’s most decisive events took place between October 1835 and April 1836. Those seven months tell a story of tragedy, courage, and larger-than-life participants as bold and dramatic as any in human history.
Because March 2 marks the anniversary of the dramatic events leading to Texas winning independence from Mexico in 1836, it seems the perfect time to visit some of the key sites.
When Empresario Stephen F. Austin, known today as “the Father of Texas,” received permission in 1821 to bring colonists from the U.S. into Mexico, he set into motion a dramatic chain of events that would lead to the formation of the Lone Star State. By 1830, the Mexican government had forbidden further immigration into Texas by U.S. settlers. In the following tumultuous years, bloody battles for such towns as Gonzales, Goliad, and San Antonio eventually led 59 delegates of the Convention of 1836 to gather at Washington, Texas, on March 2, to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence.
Celebrate Texas Independence Day on March 2 by exploring the Texas Independence Trail Region, an area rich in historical sites and sights. To help guide your tour, the Texas Historical Commission recently published the Texas Independence Trail Region brochure, a colorful and informative folder that outlines the route and provides a thumbnail history of each site. The trail stretches along 720 miles within 28 southern and southeastern counties.