Texas History Topics

Texas Revolution

When Texas Became Texas

In September 1835, Texas empresario Stephen F. Austin wrote, “I now believe that our rights are attacked, and that war is our only remedy. I am therefore for war in full, and no halfway measures.” On October 2, 1835, the first shots of the Texas Revolution were fired at Gonzales and Texians made history in their fierce quest for a new beginning separate from Mexico.


In these interactive videos, follow the road to revolution as Texas fought to become an independent republic.

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