The Real Reasons Texas rebelled against Mexico

by Julia Robb

Critics blast Texas for rebelling against Mexico in 1835.

Oh, the poor Mexicans! The Texans stole their land!

They don’t know what they’re talking about.

The Mexican government invited Anglo-Americans to settle in Mexico to help develop Mexico economically.

Mexican officials also wanted settlers as a living shield between the northern Mexican states and the Comanche and Kiowa nations.

For one hundred years, the tribes had burned Mexican villages, killed the men and kidnapped the women and children. The Indians had almost depopulated Northern Mexico.

Mexican troops were not effective against the tribes.

Secondly, Texans revolted against Mexico because they were invited to settle in Texas under the democratic Mexican constitution of 1824, and that constitution was replaced by a dictatorial system.

The Constitution of 1824 created an American-style federalist government with individual states rights, a president and vice-president (with four-year term limits), a Congress, a court system and freedom of the press.

The Constitution of 1835 replaced all that with a “centralized” authority.

In other words, Mexico’s current dictatorship would make the laws.

Several Mexican states eventually rebelled against the new constitution, including Texas.

In 1823, the Mexican government gave Texas a seven-year tariff exemption (meaning no taxes on trade), to encourage settlement.

Mexico would not extend the exemption.

The American Revolution began over similar issues.

Texans held Constitutional conventions in 1832 and 1833, at which the delegates asked Mexico to separate Texas and the Mexican state of Coahuila, among other reforms.

Reforms were not made. The two states were not separated.

Like all revolutions, the conflict built up over time, from little clashes into a shooting war.

When Stephen F. Austin–who founded Texas by recruiting settlers–journeyed to Mexico City to present some of the reform petitions to the government, he was arrested and jailed for almost four years.

The Mexican government did not charge Austin with a crime.

And Santa Anna, by now dictator, decided to send soldiers to serve at previously abandoned Texas military forts.

The first shot was fired when the Mexican military commander in San Antonio demanded the Texans return a cannon the Mexican government had given them in 1831.

The cannon was meant to help Texans fight the tribes.

The Texans refused to return the six-pounder, telling the Mexicans to “Come and Take it.” Texas ladies later made a flag sporting that motto.

Giving a blow-by-blow account of the Texas revolution would take a book, rather than a blog, so I will just tell you this.

The Mexicans slaughtered many a prisoner, including about 400 held at La Bahía mission, near Goliad.

Many of the men were prisoners taken at the Battle of Coleto Creek.

The Mexican commander promised Col. James Fannin if he and his men surrendered, they would be treated as prisoners of war.Fannin

But when Santa Anna learned Fannin had surrendered, he ordered the prisoners killed.

On Palm Sunday, 1836, Mexican soldiers told the prisoners they were being taken to chop wood, or travel to another place; various stories.

At sunrise, once the prisoners were outside the mission, the soldiers shot or knifed every prisoner. They also shot the wounded prisoners inside the mission.

When the Mexicans told Fannin he was going to be executed, Fannin asked them to send his personal possessions to his family, to be shot in the heart and not the face, and to be given a Christian burial.

The soldiers took his belongings, shot him in the face, and burned his body.

Refusing to give quarter also resulted in the Alamo massacre.

The Goliad prisoners and the men at the Alamo did not die for nothing.

When the revolution began, Texans were divided and the Texas Army was miniscule.

The slaughter at Goliad and the fall of the Alamo united Texas.

When the Texans attacked Santa Anna’s army at San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, they were yelling “Remember Goliad, Remember the Alamo.”

A final few thoughts.mission_small

We’ve seen how Mexico’s change of constitution worked out.

It hasn’t been pretty.

Thank God Texas is not part of Mexico.

Also, it’s important for all Texans to remember many Hispanic Texans fought with Anglo Texans against Mexico and some of them were killed at the Alamo.

God bless us all.


Julia Robb is the author of Scalp Mountain and Saint of the Burning Heart, ebooks for sale at She can be reached at,,, goodreads, pinterest, twitter, Facebook, and amazon author pages.

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29 thoughts on “The Real Reasons Texas rebelled against Mexico

  1. Great information! Sadly revisionist history has been taught as the truth and the people need to be taught the Truth! Thanks again for your work!

  2. Loved this! I am a born 4th generation Texas from Scottish & Irish immigrants. I’m also a history buff so this made my day! Thank you for the reminder of WHO we are & where we came from! We ARE TEXAS!!!

  3. I, too am a proud Texan. Although I know of no relatives who fought in our revolution, I do have some who settled in Texas during the years of the Lone Star republic. Still, I think it is a bit disingenuous to suggest that Mexico came up with the idea of north American colonization as a buffer zone between Mexico proper and the raiding parties of Comanches along the Rio Grande. I believe it would be more accurate to state that the fledgling republic, more out of indecision than anything else, left in place the newly reinstituted impresario system established by their former Spanish masters. Does that fact still commit them to their agreements? Yes. Does it permit the notion of some premeditated swindle on the part of the Mexican government? Not really.
    I think, in all fairness, those elements within Mexico who feared a takeover of their lands and interests to the north by the US, or by former US citizens, have had their concerns validated and vindicated by history. Make no mistake- I’m on our side, I know of no reason to wish any other outcome to the struggles between Mexico and Texas/US. But I think your blog over-steps a reasonable reading of the historical record just a bit.
    Long live Texas!

  4. Loved this!! Very informative….thank you!! I too am of Irish and German immigrants and have some Comanche in me, as well. My family has a museum in Paris, Texas, The Maxey Museum. Texas history is very important to me. I think you are fabulous!!! Can’t wait to read more of your work!!

  5. It would be more of a historical blog if the article was presented in a year to year order. I am not sure of all the instances or their time in your history are in any chronological listing. Mexicans have a right to claim we took it from them – they were here first and it was accepted as their territory.
    Lots of history and incidents here not listed in many other revisionist or non-Texas books and articles. Would love to see a Mexican history book on this!

    • mexicans stole the lands from the Indians the Spanish, the French…….Mexican history on this was written on heresay…you people forget how many flags flew over mexico…..

  6. When I hear, “We were here first. You stole it from Mexico” I can’t help but think, if you look at it that way, why doesn’t Mexico dissolve and return their homeland to the Aztecs, Mayas, Commanches, Apaches, etc… .

  7. Your readers would be well served to also know that Tejanos not only died for Texas but several of them signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. If an interested Texan wanted to learn more about how Texas came to be they should visit a wonderful resource for those seeking our true history.

  8. Your readers would be well served to know that not only did Tejanos die for Texas several of them signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Tejanos were brave enough to settle here after the Spanish left the territory. Tejanos were invaluable allies to the Anglos when they came. As a wonderful resource of how Texas came to be interested Texans should visit It would be helpful to point readers to credible publications regarding such historically important topics. In the true spirit of Tejas I’m just saying…

  9. I have always said, that by todays standards, Santa Anna would be considered a war criminal. Sad, most all our history has been changed to reflect what some authors changed to avoid copying other writters accounts of true events…..for best and most accurate accounts of history, look for books written within 5 years of the event….you’ll be surprised at how different it is from what is being taught today!

  10. As an eighth generation Texan, descended from three of the 32 who walked up to the Alamo from Gonzales, I must say, God Bless Texas!

  11. Great blog. By the way there were many Mexicans who fought and died alongside the Texicans in order to be free from tyranny

  12. I am a 4th generation Texan; although, a distant cousin was one of Davy Crockett’s Tennessee mountaain boys. My great grandparents came here in the early 1870s.

  13. For those who think that Texans stole this land from Mexico read first about Jose Antonio Navarro, a hero of the Texas Revolution, who spent time in a prison in Mexico for his support of Texas.

  14. Thank you for this Blog. My favorite Education was Texas History in Jr. High. Before people make claims we stole Texas from Mexico ought to learn and research FACTS before making such statements! After all, The US was taken from The American Indian, so it COULD be said that US was stolen from them….Anglos were invited to Texan territory at least!!!!

  15. The first person that went to Texas in my husbands family was a Summers that was killed at the Alamo. From that time on, there was a steady stream of Summers and Sumners went to Texas from Kentucky and Tennessee. My husband’s Grandmother, last name of Summers, married a man last name of Sumners. Grandma Summers/Sumners had always told us that she had a cousin that was killed at the Alamo. We, Summers and Sumners are all over Texas and I’m proud to be married to a Texas man for 55 years in June. I hope I can say I’m an adopted Texan.

    • My grandmother’s maiden name was Summers. The Summers who died at the Alamo was William Summers. He came to Texas with Davy Crockett.

  16. Mexico never stole land from Spain or France. Mexico only assumed control of the lands conquered by Spain after their independence. However, Mexico did gained some land that was granted by Guatemala due to all the land Mexico lost in the north. France was trying to conquer a sovereign nation and take away it’s lands, but were defeated with Americas help.
    As for European to European descent wise, yes, Mexicans were here first before White immigrants came and settled.
    We tend to use Indians only as a scapegoat to settle the issue. But the issue is between to European descent nations at each others throat and not about Indians. But whatever is left of Mexico, is because God in His grace and mercy remembered that they are also a people a nation that has so much to offer. In the midst of their turmoil, they are country that’s pressing forward with everything they’ve got to come out ahead in life and provide a better country for it’s citizens.
    No matter how much America brags and boast about how many times they’ve invaded Mexico God will not let Mexico cease from being a nation. Only God can allow or stop a nation from conquering any further.

  17. I am not a Texan. But I am an American citizen who deeply admires and respects the rich history of Texas. I agree that the modern liberal backed revisionist history efforts trying to be politically correct is adulterating factual history and hurting our country. I am very proud of the honorable Americans/ Texans who sacrificed so much for freedom. We American citizens need to stop trying to please the world but rather stand by America’s truth, history and freedoms.

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