Revolution in Texas

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“Revolution in Texas”

Texas has had a long history of conflict, revolution, animosity, and racial skirmishes. Once occupied by a vast majority of Mexicans, Texas was first claimed by the Spanish, and later declared its own independence in 1836, seceding from Mexico to become the Republic of Texas. This newfound independence was short-lived however, in 1845, the United States government decided to annex Texas in order to create a new state for the growing country. Although at the time Texas’s population was still dominated by Mexicans, slowly whites began to migrate to Texas to take advantage of fertile, cheap land, perfect for ranching and agriculture. This growing number of whites brought many problems among the native Mexican people; these will later be explored in this essay. Mexico did not take well to Texas’s secession and the United State’s recent annexation; consequently they saw the state as a rebel territory. From 1846 to 1848, the Mexican/American war was fought; ultimately, the United States won, but it did not put a stop to the localized conflicts and battles still being fought between Mexicans and the immigrating whites. Ben Johnson, author of Revolution in Texas, explores the revolution following the conclusion of the Mexican/American war. Johnson speaks of a different revolution, separate from the original war, a revolution that was fueled by racial, land, cultural, and border disputes. When the railroad finally reached Texas in 1904, this sparked a massive influx of white settlers that only fueled the growing dissent among Mexican rancheros and farmers. Whites and Mexicans clashed over land and political control. As more and more white settlers came to Texas, they brought with them their Americanized ideas of politics, land distribution, and capitalism. With the introduction of the railroad, land prices skyrocketed and heavy taxes were levied…...

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