Almost let this one slip past and I should be ashamed for forgetting. Today is Texas Independance Day! 173 years ago today our founding fathers signed the Texas Declaration of Independance which had been drawn up overnight at Washington on the Brazos while a fierce battle raged 150 miles away at The Alamo.
"…the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and are fully invested with all the rights and attributes which properly belong to independent nations; and, conscious of the rectitude of our intentions, we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations."
And with those words, the people of the Republic of Texas declared independence from Mexico on this day, March 2, 1836.
A month later, the Treaty of Velasco was signed by General Santa Anna and David G. Burnet (the interim president of the Republic of Texas, prior to Sam Houston taking the reins) at what is now Surfside Beach. The treaty formally ended the Texas Revolution and recognized the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation. The Republic existed as an independent nation for ten years before being annexed by the United States as the 28th state in the union.