The Mexican Government Asserts Control over Anglo Texas


Texas History Revolution and the Texas Republic The Mexican Government Asserts Control over Anglo Texas
Students learn about the Mexican Constitution of 1824. They describe three events that were precursors to the Texas Revolution—the Fredonia Rebellion, the Mier y Terán Report, and the Law of April 6, 1830. They identify how these events led to the Mexican government's fear of a rebellion and the Anglos' frustration with the government.

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In this experience, students learn about the Mexican Constitution of 1824. They describe three events that were precursors to the Texas Revolution—the Fredonia Rebellion, the Mier y Terán Report, and the Law of April 6, 1830. They identify how these events led to the Mexican government’s fear of a rebellion and the Anglos’ frustration with the government.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 and scene 3.

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the Mexican Constitution of 1824 to the United States Constitution.
  • Identify important facts about the Fredonian Rebellion, the Mier y Teran Report, and Law of April 6, 1830.
  • Identify steps the Mexican government took to strengthen its control over Anglo Texas.


Recall what you know about Mexican independence from Spain. In 1821, Mexico was freed from Spanish rule when the Treaty of Cordoba was signed. Then, in 1823 Mexico passed the General Colonization Law, which opened Texas up to colonization. The government granted empresario grants to individuals in hopes that there would be an increase in settlers and economic growth. Then, in 1824 The Mexican Constitution of 1824 was adopted.

This experience will lead you through the adoption of that constitution and how the Anglos, who at first accepted the constitution, would begin questioning the Mexican government.

Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast the Mexican Constitution of 1824 to the United States Constitution.
  • Identify important facts about the Fredonian Rebellion, the Mier y Teran Report, and Law of April 6, 1830.
  • Identify steps the Mexican government took to strengthen its control over Anglo Texas.




Look at the map, which shows the states and territories of the United States in 1824. What observations or generalizations can you make about the United States and Mexico (partially shown) in 1824? If a classmate has already shared your idea, try to think of a new one to submit.



Answers may vary.

  • Mexico is very large.
  • Texas is part of Mexico.
  • The United States has many states in the northeast, but only territories in the northwest and Midwest.
  • Part of what is now Texas was disputed land between Arkansas and Mexico.


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