Texas is a very special state. It’s larger than most, and has a bond like no other. Some of that cameraderie developed because of historical events that occurred in San Antonio that would forever shape the future of this would-be state.
In the relatively short period of 329 years, from 1519 to 1848, Texas had been part of 5 different nations. That surprises most people. The fact that Mexico had claimed it is not a surprise to most, though.
Beyond Mexico, Spain, France, the Confederate States of America, and the Republic of Texas all had claimed it at one time or another.
The road to statehood saw Texas have the distinction of belonging to many different nations. While the rest of the states had fought through the American Revolution just 50 years earlier, San Antonio and what would become Texas faced challenges much later in time.
After all, it would find itself a part of the Confederacy between 1861 and 1865, which had consequences that reached far into the future. Many Americans take for granted, because time forgets, or their ancestors were not yet in the U.S., but following the Civil War, former Confederate states had sanctions against them.
Whether in the form of tariffs to transport goods within their states, or having Federal government officials put in positions of power to oversee the individual states.
Remember The Alamo
In 1836, meanwhile, San Antonio was the battleground for Mexico and Texas to fight during the fated road to Texas as an Independent Republic all its own. Texans all remembered the Alamo.
It was an impassioned battle involving where they faced the challenges of war and defeat over the course of days. General Sam Houston fought harder against Mexico following that devastating battle, to reclaim Texas from Mexico. It marked a significant turning point for Texas, where it became the Republic of Texas, to be led by its then-elected President Sam Houston.
It is easy to see why Texas is so special, sharing an uncommonly strong bond among its residents. It is also easy to see why so many different countries wanted its devoted and passionate population for their own devices.
Texans are still aware of their history, and still proud of their shared heritage. It is fascinating with many parts of its history involving uncertainty, battles, fear, and ultimately overcoming the challenges presented to it.