The Alamo

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Greedy for greater land, the Americans wanted to colonize the vacant land of Texas. Moses Austin, in an attempt to start a colony in Texas, asked Mexico for permission, and they responded positively to his son Stephen Austin due to Moses¡¯ unfortunate death (Sanchez 16). Soon the American¡¯s population rapidly grew into the tens of thousands and spread widely in the large frontier. However, Mexico, feeling apprehensive about such quick expansion, attempted to contain such growth. The Americans felt greatly unwelcomed and their distaste and dissatisfaction with the Mexico¡¯s law started to create a friction that would later bring about the Texas Independence.

The Americans were unused to the Mexican laws and the Spanish customs and had a different ideology about owning slaves, and thus conflict was bound to occur. The Americans abhorred the Mexican¡¯s centralized rules and simply refused to concur with them. Having been accustomed to the American democratic laws, the Americans had difficulties following the Mexican¡¯s laws (Frantz 55). Although, the Mexican government was really lenient to the Americans, this leniency quickly changed with Americans negative attitude toward the Mexican government. However, the Mexican government would not allow Texas to become an independent state blaming it on the fact that they had little population. Soon the government canceled the exemption of Americans paying tax, which really frustrated the Americans (McComb 37). To further the conflict, Bradburn from Mexico was arrested for not following the Mexican laws. This caused a small conflict between the Americans and the Mexicans in Velasco where Mexicans were forced to surrender with the exhaustion of their ammunition. Another conflict was over t...

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...and his accommodates were unwilling to surrender, and they were able to quickly get a turn around and defeat the resting Mexican troops. Finally with the Treaty of Guadalupe, Americans once again showed their victorious spirit in the Texas Independence.


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