State of Texas,
The first European
settlement made in Texas
was by La Salle
, in 1685, by accident.
In 1689 Captain De Leon
, a Spanish officer, was sent to drive out the French
He found them scattered, and the next year he returned with 110 men and some friars, and on the site of a fort built by La Salle
, on Matagorda Bay
, established a Spanish mission.
A Spanish governor, with troops, was
sent thither in 1691, but Indian hostilities and menaces of famine caused the settlement to be abandoned in 1693.
In 1714 the French
again attempted to plant settlements in Texas
, under the direction of Crozat
, of Louisiana
Soon afterwards (1715) Spanish missions were planted at various points in the present domain of Texas
; the name of “New Philippines” was given to the country, and a governorgeneral was appointed.
slaughtered the people at some of the missions, and in 1765 there were not more than 750 white inhabitants in Texas
was a part of the Spanish
province of Mexico
which had declared itself independent of Spain
In 1824, when a considerable number of colonists from the United States
were there, the Mexican
government united Coahuila, previously a separate state, with Texas
, and placed a Mexican as governor over the united states
He treated the Americans
there with great injustice, and some of them, engaged in a revolution, were compelled to retreat into the United States
In 1830 Bustamente
, who had made himself dictator of Mexico
, issued a decree forbidding the people of the United States
to enter Texas
The American settlers in Texas
then numbered about 20,000, and in 1833 they held a convention, determined to separate Texas
from Coahuila, prepared a State constitution, and requested Santa Ana
, then at the head of the government of Mexico
, to admit them as a separate State of the republic.
Col. Stephen F. Austin
(q. v.), representing the American
colonists, went to Mexico
, where Santa Ana
detained him until 1835; during which time—keeping the Texans
quiet by promises of compliance with their desires—he prepared to occupy the country with his troops.
A committee of safety was created in Texas
, which assumed governmental powers.
The people armed.
A skirmish took place with some Mexicans, near Gonzales
, Oct. 2, 1835, and other battles followed.
On Nov. 9 a provisional government was formed in a delegate convention, called the “Consultation,” and a governor and lieutenant-governor were chosen.
At the same time Samuel Houston
(q. v.), of Tennessee
, who had settled in Texas
, was chosen commander-in-chief of the forces, and Austin
was sent as commissioner to the United States
After San Antonio de Bexar
was captured (Dec. 10), the entire Mexican
force was driven out of Texas
, and on the 20th a declaration of independence
was adopted, and issued at Goliad
, by Capt. Philip Dimitt
, with a well-provided army of 7,500 men, set out for the recovery of Texas
He invested the Alamo
(q. v.), a strong fort near San Antonio
with 4,000 men, and, after bombarding it eleven days, carried it by storm.
It was garrisoned by about 170 men, under Capt W. B. Travis
The whole garrison was massacred (March 6) by order of Santa Ana
—only one woman, a child, and a servant were saved.
“Remember the Alamo
was a Texan war-cry after that.
lost, in the attack, 1,600 men.
On March 1 a convention issued a dec laration of independence, and a provisional president (David G. Burnet
) was chosen.
On the 27th the command of Colonel Fanning
, at Goliad
, were massacred in cold blood, and successive defeats of the Texans
produced a panic.
in order to scatter the Mexican
forces, continually fell back, until he reached San Jacinto
There, at the head of a force of 800 troops, he gave battle (April 21, 1836) to about twice that number of Mexicans, and in the pursuit of them killed 630, wounded 208, and took 730 prisoners. Among the latter, captured the next day, was President Santa Ana
His force was annihilated.
The survivors fled westward in terror.
The war was practically at an end. The Mexicans
did not again invade Texas
was elected president of the republic (September, 1836). The independence of Texas
was acknowledged by the United States
in March, 1837, but Mexico
did not give up her claim to it. See acquisition of Territory
; Benton, Thomas Hart
Annexation of Texas.
The Southern people were anxious to have the State of Texas
annexed to the United States
, and such a desire was a prevailing feel ing in that sovereign State.
The proposition, when formally made, was opposed by the people of the North
, because the annexation would increase the area and political strength of the slave power, and lead to a war with Mexico
But the matter was persisted in by the South
, and, with the approbation of Presi-
Map of the battle of San Jacinto.|
, a treaty to that effect was signed in Washington, D. C.
, April 12, 1844, by Mr. Calhoun
, Secretary of State
, and Messrs. Van Zandt
on the part of Texas
It was rejected by the Senate in June following.
The project was presented at the next session of Congress in the form of a joint resolution.
It had been made a leading political question at the Presidential election in the autumn of 1844. James K. Polk
had been nominated over Mr. Van Buren
, because he was in favor of the annexation.
The joint resolution was adopted March 1, 1845, and received the assent of President Tyler
the next day. On the last day of his term of office he sent a message to the Texas
government, with a copy of the joint resolutions of Congress in favor of annexation.
These were considered by a convention in Texas
, called for the purpose of forming a State constitution.
That body approved the measure (July 4, 1845), and on that day Texas
became one of the States of the Union
The following is the text of the joint resolution of the Congress
and of the Texas
committee room, July 4, 1845. Hon. Thomas J. Rusk
of the Convention
The committee to whom was committed the communication of his Excellency
of the republic, together with the accompanying documents, have had the same under consideration, and have instructed me to report the following ordinance, and recommend its adoption by the convention.
Abner S. Lipscomb
Whereas, the Congress of the United States of America
has passed resolutions providing for the annexation of Texas
to that Union, which resolutions were approved by the President
of the United States
on the first day of March, 1845; and
Whereas, the President
of the United States
has submitted to Texas
the first and second sections of the said resolutions as the basis upon which Texas
ademitted as one of the States of said Union, and
Whereas, the existing government of the republic of Texas
has assented to the proposals thus made, the terms and conditions of which are as follows:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America
in Congress assembled, that Congress doth consent that the territory properly included within, and rightfully belonging to, the republic of Texas
, may be erected into a new State, to be called the State of Texas
, with a republican form of government, adopted by the people of said republic, by deputies in convention assembled, with consent of the existing government, in order that the same may be admitted as one of the States of this Union.
And be it further resolved, that the foregoing consent of Congress is given upon the following conditions, to wit: First, said State to be formed, subject to the adjustment by this government of all questions of boundary that may arise with others governments, and the constitution thereof, with the proper evidence of its adoption by the people of said republic of Texas
shall be transmitted to the President
of the United States
, to be laid before Congress for its final action, on or before the first day of January, 1846; second, said State, when admitted into the Union
, after ceding to the United States
all public edifices, fortifications, barracks, forts and harbors, navy and navy-yards, docks, magazines, and armaments, and all other means pertaining to the public defence belonging to the said republic, shall retain all its public funds, debts, taxes, and dues of every kind which may belong to or be due and owing to the said republic, and shall also retain all the vacant and unappropriated lands lying within its limits, to be applied to the payment of the debts and liabilities of said republic of Texas
, and the residue of said lands, after discharging said debts and liabilities, to be disposed of as said State may direct; but in no event are said debts and liabilities to become a charge upon the government of the United States
; third, new States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas
, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal Constitution; and such States as may be formed out of that portion of said territory lying south of 36° 30′ N. lat., commonly known as the Missouri Compromise line, shall be admitted into the Union
, with or without slavery, as the people of each State asking admission may desire; and in such State or States as shall be formed out of said territory north of said Missouri
Compromise line slavery or involuntary servitude (except for crime) shall be prohibited.
Now, in order to manifest the assent of the people of the republic, as is required in the above-recited portions of said resolution, we, the deputies of the people of Texas
in convention assembled, in their name and by their authority, do ordain and declare that we assent to, and accept the proposals, conditions, and guarantees contained in the first and second sections of the resolutions of the Congress of the United States aforesaid.
Adopted by a vote of 56 to 1, July 4, 1845, in the tenth year of the republic.
Thomas J. Rusk
James H. Raymond
After the cession of Louisiana
to the United States
a controversy arose about its western boundary, which was amicably settled, in 1806, by General Wilkinson
and the Spanish
commander, establishing the territory between the Sabine River
and Arroya Honda as neutral ground.
In 1806 revolutionary movements, incited by those of Aaron Burr
(q. v.), began in that region, and many skirmishes and battles occurred, chiefly by invasions of Americans
In conflicts in 1813 the Spanish
lost about 1,000 men; and in a conflict the same year, a force of about 2,500 Americans
and revolted Mexicans was nearly destroyed.
Only about 100 escaped.
murdered 700 of the peaceable inhabitants of San Antonio
After the close of the War
of 1812-15 Lafitte
made Galveston Island
his headquarters, established there a town named Campeachy, and remained there until 1821, when the settlement was broken up by United States forces.
In 1819 the Sabine
was established as the eastern boundary of Texas
but dissatisfaction caused disturbances to continue, and the territory was almost deserted.
In 1820 Moses Austin
, then living in Missouri
, received from the Spanish
authorities of Mexico
a grant of land in Texas
, and dying, his son, Stephen F., received a confirmation of the grant in 1823.
Emigrants from the United States
flocked into Texas
A thousand families were soon there.
Spanish rule was harsh towards the American
colonists, and they were so oppressed that, in 1833, they took the measures to obtain the independence of the State
The annexation of Texas
to the United States
led to a war with Mexico
(see Mexico, War with
), begun in 1846, and ended by treaty in February, 1848.
It then embraced an area of 376,163 square miles.
In 1850 the State
ceded to the United States
its claims to all territory beyond its present limits (274,356 square miles), in consideration of $10,000,000 in bonds, with the proceeds of which the State
debt was paid.
In 1860 politicians began to move for secession.
The venerable governor, Samuel Houston
, opposed the movement with all his might; but members of the Knights of the Golden circle
(q. v.) were working secretly and effectively.
Among the Knights were many members of the legislature, and active politicians all over the State
Sixty of these irresponsible persons, early in January, 1861, called a State convention, to meet at Austin
on the 28th of that month; and a single member of the legislature issued a call for the assembling of that body at the same time and place.
When they met, the legislature, by a joint resolution, declared the convention a legally constituted body.
protested against the assumption of any power by the convention, except to refer the matter of secession to the people.
The convention assembled in the hall of the House of Representatives, on the appointed day, under the chairmanship of Judge John H. Reagan
(q. v.). A commissioner from South Carolina
) was there
Not one-half of the 122 counties in the State
On Feb. 1, 1861, an ordinance of secession was adopted by a vote of 166 against 7.
It declared that the national government had failed “to accomplish the purpose of the compact of union between the States,” and the chief grievance complained of was that the national government would no longer uphold the slave system.
They therefore abrogated, in the name of the people of Texas
, the ordinance of annexation adopted July 4, 1845.
They talked of a “resumption of sovereign powers” with some plausibility, for Texas
was the only State in the Union
that had ever possessed them, as an absolutely independent State.
They decreed that the ordinance should be submitted to the people, but the day named (Feb. 23) was so early that no opportunity was afforded the people for discussion.
The convention appointed a committee of safety to carry out its decision before the people could think or act upon the
ordinance of secession.
The committee was immediately organized, and appointed two of their number (Devine
) commissioners to treat with Gen. David E. Twiggs
, then in command of the National
troops in Texas
, for the surrender of his army and the public property under his control to the authorities of Texas
performed that act. In counting the votes cast on Feb. 23 concerning the ordinance of secession there seemed to be fully 23,000 majority in favor of the ordinance, when it is asserted that really a very large proportion of the people of Texas
were opposed to it.
, in his address to the people of his State, early in March, 1861, revealed what he called its usurpations.
He had denounced the convention as an illegal body, gathered through fraud and violence.
“To enumerate all its usurpations,” he said, “would be impossible, as a great portion of its proceedings were in secret.
This much has been revealed: It has elected delegates to the provisional council of the Confederate States
had withdrawn from the Union
; and also, on the 2d day of March, annexed Texas
to the Confederate States
and constituted themselves members of Congress, when it was not officially known by the convention until the 4th of March that a majority of the people had voted for secession.
While a portion of these delegates were representing Texas
in the Congress of the Confederate States, two of them, still claiming to be United States Senators
, have continued to represent Texas
in the United States Senate, under the administration of Mr. Lincoln
—an administration which the people of Texas
have declared odious and not to be borne.
has been exposed to obloquy and forced to occupy the ridiculous attitude, before the world, of attempting to maintain her position as one of the United States
, and, at the same time, claim to be one of the Confederate States
It has created a committee of safety, a portion of which has assumed the executive power of the government, and, to supplant the executive authority, have entered into negotiations with federal officers.
This committee, and commissioners acting under it, have caused the Federal
troops to be removed from posts in the country exposed to Indian depredations, and had them located, with their arms and field-batteries, on the coast, where, if their desire is to maintain a position in the country, they cannot only do so successfully, but destroy the commerce of the State
They have usurped the power to withdraw these troops from the frontier; but though in possession of ample stores, munitions of war, and transportation, have failed to supply troops in place of those removed.
As a consequence, the wail of women and children is heard upon the border.
Devastation and ruin have thus come upon the people; and though the convention, with all the means in its power, has been in session two weeks (adjourned session), no succor has been sent to a devastated frontier. . . . The convention has assumed to appoint agents to foreign States, and created offices, civil and military, unknown to the laws, at its will, keeping secret its proceedings.
It has deprived the people of a right to know its doings.
It has appointed officers and agents under its assumed authority.”
“It has declared,” he said, “that the people of Texas
ratify the provisional government of the Confederate States
, requiring all persons then in office to take an oath of allegiance to the same or suffer the penalty of removal.”
It had changed the State
constitution and established a test-oath of allegiance to the Confederate States
, and, “in the exercise of its petty tyranny,” had required the governor and other officers to appear at its bar at a certain time to take the oath.
It had assumed to create organic laws, and to put the same into execution.
“It has overthrown,” he said, “the theory of free government by combining in itself all the departments of government and exercising the powers belonging to each.”
The governor concluded by saying: “I have refused to recognize this convention.
I believe it has received none of the powers it has assumed either from the people or the legislature.
I believe it guilty of a usurpation which the people cannot suffer tamely and preserve their liberties.
I am ready to lay down my life to maintain the rights and liberties of Texas
I am ready to lay down office rather than yield to usurpation and degradation.”
In 1863 General Banks
sent General Franklin
, with 4,000 troops, accompanied by four gunboats, under Lieutenant Crocker
, to seize the Confederate
post at Sabine Pass
, on the boundary-line between Louisiana
, preparatory to an attempt to recover the latter State from Confederate control.
The expedition sailed from New Orleans Sept. 5.
A premature attack was made by the gunboats on the garrison at Sabine Pass
(Sept. 8), and the expedition was a disastrous failure.
Two of the gunboats were captured, and the transports, with Franklin
's troops, fled back to New Orleans, the Nationals
having lost 200 men made prisoners and fifty killed and wounded; also two gunboats and fifteen heavy rifled cannon.
The garrison attacked consisted of about 200 men, and only forty were present.
now concentrated his forces on the Atchafalaya
, for the purpose of penetrating Texas
by way of Shreveport
, on the Red River
; but this design was abandoned for a time (see Red River expedition
), and it was determined to attempt to seize and hold the coast harbors of Texas
To mask this movement, Gen. C. C. Washburne
, with a considerable body of troops, advanced from Brashear City
, to give the impression that a march upon Alexandria
was again begun.
When, in obedience to orders, he began falling back, he was suddenly and furiously struck by Confederates under Gen. Richard Taylor
, and a regiment (23d Wisconsin) on which the blow fell was reduced from 226 men to ninety-eight, most of them made prisoners.
Meanwhile about 6,000 National troops, under General Dana
, with some war-vessels, had sailed for the Rio Grande
, in person, accompanied the expedition.
The troops debarked (Nov. 2) at Brazos Santiago
, drove a small Confederate cavalry force stationed there, and followed them to Brownsville
, opposite Matamoras
, which Banks
entered on Nov. 6.
At the close of the year the National
troops occupied all the strong positions on the Texan coast
excepting Galveston Island
and a formidable work at the mouth of the Brazos River
, and the Confederates
had abandoned all Texas
west of the Colorado River
Notwithstanding the downfall of the civil and military power of the Confederacy
east of the Mississippi
, the insurgents west of it, under the command and influence of Gen. E. Kirby Smith
, were disposed to continue the conflict longer.
He addressed his soldiers on April
21, 1865, telling them that upon their prowess depended “the hopes of the [Confederate] nation.”
He assured them that there were hopes of succor from abroad.
“Protract the struggle,” he said, “and you will surely receive the aid of nations who already deeply sympathize with you.”
Public meetings were held in Texas
, where resolutions to continue the contest were adopted.
To meet this danger, General Sheridan
was sent to New Orleans with a large force, and made preparations for a vigorous campaign in Texas
His appearance dismayed the trans-Mississippi
insurgents, and they refused to longer follow their leaders in the hopeless struggle.
formally surrendered his whole command to General Canby
(May 26), but exhibited “the bad faith,” said Grant
in his report, “of first disbanding most of his army, and permitting an indiscriminate plunder of the public property.”
So ended the Civil War
in the field.
Andrew J. Hamilton
was appointed by the President
provisional governor in the summer of 1865, and measures were taken for the reorganization of civil government there.
Under the reconstruction acts of 1867, Texas
, with Louisiana
, was made a military district, and subjected to military rule under General Sheridan
A convention assembled Dec. 7, 1868, adopted a constitution, which was ratified at an election (Nov. 30 to Dec. 3) in 1869, and a governor and legislature were chosen at the same time.
The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the national Constitution were ratified (Feb. 23, 1870), and on March 30, by act of Congress, the State
was entitled to representation in Congress.
On April 16 the government was transferred to the civil authorities.
Population in 1890, 2,235,523; in 1900, 3,048,740.
See Benton, Thomas H.
; United States of America, Texas
, in this volume.
|H. R. Runnels||assumes office||Dec., 1857|
|Samuel Houston||assumes office||Dec., 1859|
|Edward Clark||assumes office||March 20, 1861|
|F. R. Lubbock||assumes office||Dec., 1861|
|P. Hurrah||assumes office||Dec., 1863|
|A. J. Hamilton||assumes office||July 21, 1865|
|J. W. Throckmorton||assumes office||Aug. 13, 1866|
|E. M. Pease||assumes office||July 30, 1867|
|E. J. Davis||assumes office||Jan., 1870|
|Richard Coke||assumes office||Jan., 1874|
|R. B. Hubbard||assumes office||Jan., 1877|
|Oran M. Roberts||assumes office||Jan., 1879|
|John Ireland||assumes office||Jan., 1883|
|Lawrence S. Ross||assumes office||Jan., 1887|
|James S. Hogg||assumes office||Jan., 1891|
|James S. Hogg||assumes office||Jan., 1893|
|Charles A. Culberson||assumes office||Jan., 1895|
|Charles A. Culberson||assumes office||Jan., 1897|
|Joseph D. Sayers||assumes office||Jan., 1899|
|Joseph D. Sayers||assumes office||Jan., 1901|