Thursday, December 29, 2016

Texas Becomes Official...!

It took a long time and was a long fight, but on this day in 1845 history was made.

Many folks went through hell to get us here, but here we stand today. Here is a little history of how Texas made it to this point.

Texas enters the Union

Six months after the congress of the Republic of Texas accepts U.S. annexation of the territory, Texas is admitted into the United States as the 28th state.

After gaining independence from Spain in the 1820s, Mexico welcomed foreign settlers to sparsely populated Texas, and a large group of Americans led by Stephen F. Austin settled along the Brazos River. The Americans soon outnumbered the resident Mexicans, and by the 1830s attempts by the Mexican government to regulate these semi-autonomous American communities led to rebellion. In March 1836, in the midst of armed conflict with the Mexican government, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

The Texas volunteers initially suffered defeat against the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna–the Alamo fell and Sam Houston’s troops were forced into an eastward retreat. However, in late April, Houston’s troops surprised a Mexican force at San Jacinto, and Santa Anna was captured, bringing an end to Mexico’s efforts to subdue Texas.

The citizens of the independent Republic of Texas elected Sam Houston president but also endorsed the entrance of Texas into the Union. The likelihood of Texas joining the Union as a slave state delayed any formal action by the U.S. Congress for more than a decade. In 1844, Congress finally agreed to annex the territory of Texas. On December 29, 1845, Texas entered the United States as a slave state, broadening the irrepressible differences in the United States over the issue of slavery and setting off the Mexican-American War.

Many fine people make their home here in the Lone Star State, and most are glad to be here. Not many places could boast about record setting high temps of 82 degrees this late into December. I took this information from the folks over at

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Banana bread and butter already set out!


Gorges Smythe said...

I've always admired the independent attitude of Texans. It's a shame that some of your cities are being taken over by "damned Yankee" liberals.

Momlady said...

Texas is BIG and Texans are proud. A very independent state and I hope it stays that way.
I've always enjoyed my visits.

JO said...

the reading of all of the Texas's birth into the Union is quite a read. So much history there.

I'll be on the patio for some nice hot coffee and banana bread. It's cold again maybe I should visit Texas

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

All y'all are welcome to come visit - we've got room. Just be prepared to be proud of Texas if you plan to stay! Yep, Texans are a proud bunch, but we say deservedly so. ;-) Happy New Year to all y'all!

linda m said...

I have admired the people of Texas and their independent attitude for many years. Have even strongly considered moving there. Hubby and I would be proud to call Texas our home. I'll be joining you on the patio; save my spot on the swing. Happy New Year y'all.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
Guess that a few of them get through from time to time.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Momlady...
I'm hoping that it stays that way also. As far as the visits go, we'll always do what we can to make your visits enjoyable and we would encourage you to come more often!
Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Jo...
Right you are about Texas having a lot of history. Makes for some interesting reading.
Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by this morning!

Hey Sis...
Thought I might hear from ya when I posted this...knowing how much you are attached to our state!
Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Linda...
We always welcome like minded folks to adopt us as home, and try to make them feel welcome. If nothing else, the weather is pretty good for the most part!
Thanks for the visit this morning!