On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, setting in motion a series of battles that would lead to Texas’ independence from Mexico. Cities and towns throughout Texas will celebrate the occasion on March 2 (see “Events” at texashighways.com for a lengthy list), but two caught our eyes for their unusual nature.
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.