Students will know how to use social studies terminology correctly. Vocabulary includes terms, key people, and events of the Texas Revolution.
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This unit is a three-week study of the events of the Texas Revolution. Suggested pacing minutes are based on the average time it takes a class to complete each lesson; however, as the educator, use your best judgment based on the average pace of your class learning styles.
Conflicts during the Revolution Period brought tremendous chaos and upheaval to nearly everyone within Texas.
Public opinion throughout Texas during the Revolution was deeply divided. Some Anglo-American settlers feared the destruction that a war could bring to the region, while others (often newer arrivals) sought to break the region from Mexico. Most Tejanos saw the conflict as part of a larger civil war within Mexico that pitted Santa Anna’s centralists against the federalists who wanted to restore the Constitution of 1824. For some enslaved African Americans, the war offered a chance to gain their freedom by running to the lines of the Mexican Army. Women in Texas often had to fend for themselves and their children when men left to fight on the frontlines.
When fighting broke out in October 1835, most Texans could not yet agree on whether they were fighting to restore the Constitution of 1824 or for independence. When Santa Anna marched his army into Texas in February 1836 and laid siege to the Alamo, a delegation of Texans responded by declaring independence on March 2, 1836. The war itself brought widespread destruction to the region, with the fall of the Alamo, the massacre at Goliad, the panic of the Runaway Scrape, and the burning of towns and homes by both armies. When Sam Houston’s ragtag army won an improbable victory at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, the results of the Texas Revolution reverberated across all of North America.
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We've assembled the following list of lessons that are applicable to this unit. Most lessons contain downloadable and printable documents, activities, and other resources to aid in classroom instruction.
We've assembled the following list of primary sources that are applicable to the Texas Revolution. Primary Source Sets consist of images and documents from the Portal to Texas History which can be downloaded and shared with students.
We've assembled the following list of maps that are applicable to the Texas Revolution.
A map of the North American continent. The map is color coordinated by countries and territories circa 1836.
"Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1835." Insets: Land grants, Remarks on Texas, Rivers of Texas.
Map shows early land grants and colonies in Texas and New Mexico encompassing [modern-day] Texas panhandle; areas of Native American habitation, land grant boundaries. Includes notes. Relief shown by hachures. Scale [ca.1:1,500,000].
Map of San Antonio de Bexar showing the streets, rivers and creeks, and plazas as they were in 1836.
Map of combat at the Battle of Concepción during the Texas Revolution, showing lines of assault by Mexican infantry, cannon, and dragoons, and lines held by Captain Fannin's and Captain Coleman's companies. The battlefield is surrounded by wooded terrain and lies next to the San Antonio River. No scale indicated.
Hand-drawn map depicting the Siege of Bexar. It shows the line of attack by the Texans against the Mexican forces occupying Bexar and supported by the Mexican garrison then in the Alamo, from December 5th to 10th, 1835. Map including roads, major buildings, rivers, and creeks. The distances to various locations are given. Some twentieth century streets of San Antonio are superimposed. No scale indicated.
"Ground plan of the original buildings, with walls enclosing the cemetery"
"Relief shown by hachures. "To accompany Texas independence by Col. A.J. Houston."
Map of the United States and Mexico, showing territories but not states. Cities and towns representing areas of recruitment are shown, as are Indian villages and forts in Texas. No scale indicated.
Military Maps of the Texas revolution - Military map of Texas and Coahuila, as Mexican territory, 1835-36
Military map of Texas and Coahuila, showing lines of Mexican and Texan frontier and lines of march to the San Jacinto battlefield during the Texas Revolution. The map also includes rivers, creeks, towns, routes, trails, mines, and Indian villages. No scale indicated.
Ground plan compiled from drawings by Capt. B. Green Jameson, Texan Army, January, 1826,Col. Ignacio de Labastida, Mexican Army, March, 1836, Capt. Ruben M. Potter, United States Army, 1841.
Map of Fannin's Fight, showing the Texas Infantry, breastworks, and lines of assault by Mexican Dragoons and Infantry. Lines of march used by Colonel Fannin and General Urrea are also shown. Note: " [shows] rise of six feet, behind which Mexican Artillery fired, on the 20th." There are also notes on the type of cannons used. Distances to various cities are given. No scale indicated.
Map of the Battlefield of San Jacinto and map of the positions of the Texan and of the Mexican Armies, at the commencement of the Battle of San Jacinto, at half past three o'clock in the afternoon of Thursday, April 21, 1836. Shows the positions of the armies and features of the terrain between Buffalo Bayou and San Jacinto Bay.
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Explore an iconic setting of Texas history with an immersive journey through video, 3D virtual environments, photos, and documents of the Presidio La Bahia, also known as Fort Defiance, and Fannin Battleground State Historic Site in and around Goliad, TX.
Dr. Andrew Torget discusses Joe, the enslaved man owned by William Barret Travis during the Texas Revolution, and how Joe’s story reminds us that the revolution did not bring freedom for everyone.
Dr. Andrew Torget explores the life of Juan Seguín, a Mexican-born citizen who supported Texas’ right to influence Mexican law, and fought for Texas Independence while commanding a unit at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Dr. Andrew Torget discusses Susanna Dickinson, who survived the Alamo siege and relayed a message to General Sam Houston, and the enormous sacrifices she paid during the Texas Revolution.
The factors leading to revolution in Texas, covering: (1) A Ridiculous Rebellion in East Texas, (2) Constitution of 1827, (2) Decree 56, Thwarting Mexican Law, (4) Law of April 6, 1830.
The factors leading to revolution in Texas, covering: (1) Disturbances at Anahuac and Velasco,(2) Texans as Ardent Federalists, (3) The Quest for Separate Statehood, (4) Cotton Boom!, (5) Chaos of 1835, Revolution Begins.
The Texas Revolution, covering: (1) Chaos of Late 1835, (2) Battle of San Antonio.
The Texas Revolution (continued from part 1), covering: (3) Siege of the Alamo.
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