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The Texas Declaration of Independence

The Texas Declaration of Independence was written overnight. It was urgent, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under siege by Santa Anna's army.

The Texas Declaration of Independence was written by George Childress. Some believe that Childress brought a draft with him because he wrote it in just one day.

The document was six pages long.

The Declaration of Independence was approved by all the delegates.

The Republic of Texas was officially declared on March 2, 1836.

The document parallels that of the United States, signed almost sixty years earlier. The document contains statements on the function and responsibility of government, followed by a list of grievances.

The document declares Texas a free and independent republic.

The delegates declare that the political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and the people of Texas are now a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations.


Source: The Texas Declaration of Independence
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