Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March is Texas History Month - 175th Anniversay of Texas Independence

March is Texas History Month. And this March, folks in the Lone Star State are commemorating the 175th anniversary of Texas' independence.

Tomorrow, March 2, is Texas Independence Day - the day 59 representatives meeting at Washington-on-the-Brazos signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, declaring Texas to be a free and sovereign Republic. More on that tomorrow.

This coming Sunday, March 6, marks the 175th anniversary of the fall of the Texian garrison at the Alamo. More on that later this week. In a little over 2 weeks, commemorations of the massacre of Goliad will be held. And next month will mark the 175th anniversary of the "Waterloo" of the so-called "Napolean of the West" - the Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas independence was won.

In addition to posts on the topics I've listed above, I plan to commemorate Texas' 175th with some posts on my ancestral ties to the Lone Star State, and the contributions to the heritage of my home state by some of the more prominent members of the Anderson family of East Texas.

We'll begin with a post next week on American Revolutionary War veteran and frontiersman Bailey Anderson (my 6th great-grandfather), who, after the American Revolution, moved his family to Kentucky, then to Indiana, then to Indian Territory (present-day Arkansas), before finally settling in East Texas (before the Spanish had even opened Texas up to Anglo-American immigration, making him an illegal immigrant into Mexico). Additional family portraits of Bailey's descendants will follow.

So bear with me. I know we Texans tend to be insufferable when we go on and on about such things. It's a Texian thang - I hope y'all will understand.

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