The State of Texas and Mexico


US History Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion The State of Texas and Mexico
Students learn about Texas declaring independence from Mexico and the establishment of the Lone Star Republic of Texas. Then, they learn about how Texas became part of the United States. Finally, students will compare the constitutions of the Republic of Texas with the United States.

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In this experience, students learn about Texas declaring independence from Mexico and the establishment of the Lone Star Republic of Texas. Then, they learn about how Texas became part of the United States. Finally, students will compare the constitutions of the Republic of Texas with the United States.

Objectives:

  • Summarize the cooperation and conflict between American settlers in Texas and the Mexican government.
  • Identify the challenges faced by the Lone Star Republic.
  • Describe how Texas gained statehood.


In 1824, Texas was part of the country of Mexico, which had declared its independence from Spain years earlier. At the time, Texas was home to about 20,000 colonists from the United States who had moved there. The Mexican government treated the Texas settlers unfairly and the people of Texas decided to apply for separate statehood under the Mexican government in 1833.

This was just the beginning of a long fight for Texas to achieve its independence from Mexico, become the Lone Star Republic, and finally to become a part of the United States of America.

Objectives:

  • Summarize the cooperation and conflict between American settlers in Texas and the Mexican government.
  • Identify the challenges faced by the Lone Star Republic.
  • Describe how Texas gained statehood.




Map of the Republic of Texas


Think about what you know about the Texas War for Independence from Mexico. If you had to create a poster celebrating Texas independence, what image would you put on the poster?


Search the Internet to find an image representing Texas independence and upload it to the canvas below.


Discuss the images with the class. They may choose images representing key battles like the Alamo and San Jacinto, or portraits of leaders like Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston, or symbols of the Texas Republic like the flag.


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