Mirabeau Lamar: Political Changes


Texas History Revolution and the Texas Republic Mirabeau Lamar: Political Changes
Students describe President Lamar's policies, including his position on relations with the American Indians and with Mexico. Then they analyze his vision for a greater Texas and how his actions relating to the Texas Rangers, the Texas Navy, and the Santa Fe Expedition supported this vision. Finally, they evaluate his contributions to education in Texas.

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In this experience, students describe President Lamar’s policies, including his position on relations with the American Indians and with Mexico. Then they analyze his vision for a greater Texas and how his actions relating to the Texas Rangers, the Texas Navy, and the Santa Fe Expedition supported this vision. Finally, they evaluate his contributions to education in Texas.

Objectives:

  • Identify goals Lamar had for his presidency.
  • Analyze Lamar’s vision of a greater Texas.


Sam Houston’s vice president, Mirabeau B. Lamar, was elected as the third president of the Republic of Texas in 1838. In this experience, you will learn about some of his major actions as president.

Objectives:

  • Identify goals Lamar had for his presidency.
  • Analyze Lamar’s vision of a greater Texas.




Mirabeau B. Lamar


When Lamar took over the presidency, he inherited some unfinished business from Sam Houston. List some of the open issues that faced President Lamar when he became president.



Answers will vary; discuss them with the students. Answers may include:

  • Annexation of Texas to the United States
  • Relations with American Indians
  • Relations with Mexico
  • National debt
  • Public education


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