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The Texas Side Of Things

published: April 19th 2019
by: Jim Banner

The month of April is, no doubt, one of the busiest months of the year for most of us. Spring is in full bloom and we ready to enjoy the great outdoors that only Texas can produce. But if you are a native Texan then you should know that this month is very special because of the rich history that our unique state has. Let’s go back to our junior high history class and remember the years of 1835 and 1836 in Texas. 

It all began in October 1835 when some rebellious Texians from Gonzales (and trust me there are still some there) refused to return a cannon that the Mexican government had given them for protection from the Comanche Indians. The Texian settlers were irritated with the Mexican government be-cause they received very little representation, were being subjected to illegal taxation and forced to uphold the Constitution of 1824. The Mexican army sent a detachment of soldiers from San Antonio to retrieve the cannon, but the locals were not so eager to give up their weapon and a fight ensued, forcing the soldiers to return to San Antonio without the cannon. This, of course, is officially recognized as the start of the Texas Revo-lution and the story behind the famous flag we still see today that reads, “Come and Take It!” 
Next came the Siege of Bejar, or Bexar, which also took place in 1835 from October 12 -December 11 in San Antonio. Don’t get confused here, this was prior to the Fight at the Alamo but it was a major reason General Santa Anna eventually left Mexico City, bringing his 6,000-man army to Texas to reclaim the town of San Antonio and avenge his country’s disgraceful loss. This would be the final victory for the Texian army until the Battle of San Jacinto. 
Most of us only know or remember the famous battles like the Alamo and San Jacinto but numerous other battles were spread out all over South Texas. The Battle of Agua Dulce, Battle of San Patricio, Battle of Refugio, Battle of Goliad, Battle of Coleto, Battle of Copano just to name a few...there were lots of brave men killed in combat but even more once they surrendered to the Mexican army. Most of these men were not soldiers but instead ordinary colonists...farmers, blacksmiths, merchants, doctors and leathersmiths. They believed that they had more opportunity to prosper in Texas than any other piece of the world they could imagine. 
It’s been 183 years since those brave soldiers of Texas revolted against huge odds and declared our independence from a ruthless form of government. Today, we honor those that fought for Texas independence by recognizing and celebrating on Sunday, April 21, San Jacinto Day. This year, Easter and San Jacinto Day happen to be on the same day. If you live in Texas, can you think of two better reasons to be thankful for what you’ve received? 
 
UNTIL NEXT TIME,
THINK TEXAS!!!

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