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U.S. #2204
1986 22¢ Republic of Texas
 
Issue Date: March 2, 1986
City: San Antonio, TX
Quantity: 136,500,000
Printed By: American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Perforations:
11
Color: Multicolored
 
In 1820, a Missouri banker, Moses Austin, obtained permission from Spanish officials to establish an American colony in Texas. His son, Stephen F. Austin, brought 300 families there. The colony grew rapidly. In 1823, he founded San Felipe de Austin in today’s Austin County, which became the colony’s seat of government. Soon, more Americans received land grants from Mexico. Between 1821 and 1836, the number of settlers grew to about 30,000 – and most were Americans.
 
The Mexican government became concerned over the high percentage of Americans living in its territory. In 1830, Mexico officially halted American immigration. Relations between the settlers and the government quickly deteriorated. In 1834, a Mexican politician and soldier, General Antonio López de Santa Anna, took over the Mexican government and established himself as a dictator. A year later, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
 
The Texas Revolution
After a few clashes between Texans and Mexican soldiers, Texas leaders organized a temporary government on November 3, 1835. Texas troops under Colonel Benjamin Milam captured San Antonio on December 11, 1835. Enraged, Santa Anna sent a large army to San Antonio to put down the uprising. Texan forces withdrew to the walls of the Alamo. From February 23 to March 6, 1836, Santa Anna’s forces attacked the fort until it finally fell. Many famous men died while defending the Alamo, including Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William B. Travis. On March 27th, Santa Anna ordered 330 Texan rebels executed after they surrendered at Goliad. Rather than crush the independence movement, these actions galvanized Texan resolve. Texans rallied to the cries “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember Goliad.” On April 21, Sam Houston led a smaller Texan army against Santa Anna’s forces in a surprise attack at the Battle of San Jacinto. Houston captured Santa Anna and crushed his army. Texas had won its independence.
 
Independence and the Republic of Texas
Texas faced many problems. It had no currency, and its economy was isolated. Indians and Mexicans staged raids against its people. At the first national Texas elections, voters chose Sam Houston as President – and also voted to join the United States. European powers were against Texas becoming a state, as they feared the U.S. would come to dominate the southwest. There was also political conflict in the U.S. about Texas. Texas law allowed slavery, so the South favored admission and the North was against it. Texas remained independent for 10 years. During that time, its population grew fast.
 
America’s 28th State
Texas was admitted to the Union on December 29, 1845. Mexico ceased diplomatic relations with the U.S. when Texas was admitted to the U.S. Boundary disputes erupted a short time later, and in 1846 the Mexican War began. By 1848, Mexico surrendered, signing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. With this treaty, Mexico ended all of its claims to Texas and much of the Southwest. Texas gained a great deal of territory. During the 1850s, settlers poured into the western region of the state, and 89 new counties were organized.
 

Battle Of San Jacinto 

On April 21, 1836, Texan soldiers led a swift attack on an unsuspecting Mexican force at the Battle of San Jacinto.

The Texans and Mexicans had been at odds since the early 1830s.  Up to that time, Mexico had allowed Americans to form a colony in Texas, but it quickly grew to nearly 30,000 people.

Mexican leaders grew concerned about the high number of Americans living in their territory and in 1830, halted their immigration.  Relations between the settlers and the government quickly deteriorated.  In 1834, a Mexican politician and soldier, General Antonio López de Santa Anna, took over the Mexican government and established himself as a dictator.  A year later, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

After a few clashes between Texans and Mexican soldiers, Texas leaders organized a temporary government on November 3, 1835.  Texas troops under Colonel Benjamin Milam captured San Antonio on December 11, 1835.  Enraged, Santa Anna sent a large army to San Antonio to put down the uprising.

Texan forces withdrew to the walls of the Alamo.  From February 23 to March 6, 1836, Santa Anna’s forces attacked the fort until it finally fell.  Many famous men died while defending the Alamo, including Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William B. Travis.

On March 27th, Santa Anna ordered 330 Texan rebels executed after they surrendered at Goliad.  Rather than crush the independence movement, these actions galvanized Texan resolve.  Word of Santa Anna’s cruel, merciless treatment of the Texans quickly spread, and the ranks of the Texas Army swelled.  As the Mexican Army continued its march into Texas, General Sam Houston was training about 900 men to stop them.

The two forces met on April 20 along the San Jacinto River near present-day Houston.  On that day, Santa Anna tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the enemy position.  He decided to rest his weary men the next day.

But there was no rest for the Texans.  Houston ordered an attack instead.  The cavalry quietly surrounded the Mexican flanks while ground troops crept within 200 yards of the Mexicans before being detected.  The artillery opened fire while the infantry attacked the unprepared enemy with a rallying cry of “Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad!”  In less than 20 minutes, the Mexican Army surrendered.  Santa Anna tried to escape wearing a private’s uniform but was captured the next day.

Santa Anna signed a peace treaty three weeks later, promising that the Mexican Army would leave Texas.  And the Republic of Texas was an independent sovereign country for nearly a decade before it joined America as the 28th state in 1845.

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U.S. #2204
1986 22¢ Republic of Texas
 
Issue Date: March 2, 1986
City: San Antonio, TX
Quantity: 136,500,000
Printed By: American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Perforations:
11
Color: Multicolored
 
In 1820, a Missouri banker, Moses Austin, obtained permission from Spanish officials to establish an American colony in Texas. His son, Stephen F. Austin, brought 300 families there. The colony grew rapidly. In 1823, he founded San Felipe de Austin in today’s Austin County, which became the colony’s seat of government. Soon, more Americans received land grants from Mexico. Between 1821 and 1836, the number of settlers grew to about 30,000 – and most were Americans.
 
The Mexican government became concerned over the high percentage of Americans living in its territory. In 1830, Mexico officially halted American immigration. Relations between the settlers and the government quickly deteriorated. In 1834, a Mexican politician and soldier, General Antonio López de Santa Anna, took over the Mexican government and established himself as a dictator. A year later, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
 
The Texas Revolution
After a few clashes between Texans and Mexican soldiers, Texas leaders organized a temporary government on November 3, 1835. Texas troops under Colonel Benjamin Milam captured San Antonio on December 11, 1835. Enraged, Santa Anna sent a large army to San Antonio to put down the uprising. Texan forces withdrew to the walls of the Alamo. From February 23 to March 6, 1836, Santa Anna’s forces attacked the fort until it finally fell. Many famous men died while defending the Alamo, including Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William B. Travis. On March 27th, Santa Anna ordered 330 Texan rebels executed after they surrendered at Goliad. Rather than crush the independence movement, these actions galvanized Texan resolve. Texans rallied to the cries “Remember the Alamo” and “Remember Goliad.” On April 21, Sam Houston led a smaller Texan army against Santa Anna’s forces in a surprise attack at the Battle of San Jacinto. Houston captured Santa Anna and crushed his army. Texas had won its independence.
 
Independence and the Republic of Texas
Texas faced many problems. It had no currency, and its economy was isolated. Indians and Mexicans staged raids against its people. At the first national Texas elections, voters chose Sam Houston as President – and also voted to join the United States. European powers were against Texas becoming a state, as they feared the U.S. would come to dominate the southwest. There was also political conflict in the U.S. about Texas. Texas law allowed slavery, so the South favored admission and the North was against it. Texas remained independent for 10 years. During that time, its population grew fast.
 
America’s 28th State
Texas was admitted to the Union on December 29, 1845. Mexico ceased diplomatic relations with the U.S. when Texas was admitted to the U.S. Boundary disputes erupted a short time later, and in 1846 the Mexican War began. By 1848, Mexico surrendered, signing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. With this treaty, Mexico ended all of its claims to Texas and much of the Southwest. Texas gained a great deal of territory. During the 1850s, settlers poured into the western region of the state, and 89 new counties were organized.
 

Battle Of San Jacinto 

On April 21, 1836, Texan soldiers led a swift attack on an unsuspecting Mexican force at the Battle of San Jacinto.

The Texans and Mexicans had been at odds since the early 1830s.  Up to that time, Mexico had allowed Americans to form a colony in Texas, but it quickly grew to nearly 30,000 people.

Mexican leaders grew concerned about the high number of Americans living in their territory and in 1830, halted their immigration.  Relations between the settlers and the government quickly deteriorated.  In 1834, a Mexican politician and soldier, General Antonio López de Santa Anna, took over the Mexican government and established himself as a dictator.  A year later, Texas declared its independence from Mexico.

After a few clashes between Texans and Mexican soldiers, Texas leaders organized a temporary government on November 3, 1835.  Texas troops under Colonel Benjamin Milam captured San Antonio on December 11, 1835.  Enraged, Santa Anna sent a large army to San Antonio to put down the uprising.

Texan forces withdrew to the walls of the Alamo.  From February 23 to March 6, 1836, Santa Anna’s forces attacked the fort until it finally fell.  Many famous men died while defending the Alamo, including Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William B. Travis.

On March 27th, Santa Anna ordered 330 Texan rebels executed after they surrendered at Goliad.  Rather than crush the independence movement, these actions galvanized Texan resolve.  Word of Santa Anna’s cruel, merciless treatment of the Texans quickly spread, and the ranks of the Texas Army swelled.  As the Mexican Army continued its march into Texas, General Sam Houston was training about 900 men to stop them.

The two forces met on April 20 along the San Jacinto River near present-day Houston.  On that day, Santa Anna tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the enemy position.  He decided to rest his weary men the next day.

But there was no rest for the Texans.  Houston ordered an attack instead.  The cavalry quietly surrounded the Mexican flanks while ground troops crept within 200 yards of the Mexicans before being detected.  The artillery opened fire while the infantry attacked the unprepared enemy with a rallying cry of “Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad!”  In less than 20 minutes, the Mexican Army surrendered.  Santa Anna tried to escape wearing a private’s uniform but was captured the next day.

Santa Anna signed a peace treaty three weeks later, promising that the Mexican Army would leave Texas.  And the Republic of Texas was an independent sovereign country for nearly a decade before it joined America as the 28th state in 1845.