Texas Revolution Timeline

  • Battle of Gonzales

    Battle of Gonzales
    With tensions rising between the citizens of Texas and the Mexican government Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea began to take action to disarm the region. One of his first efforts was requesting the settlement of Gonzales to return a cannon that had been given to them in 1831 to fend off Indian attacks.
    When the town refused Ugartechea dispatched a force of 100 dragoons, under Lieutenant Francisco de Castañeda, to seize the cannon. The Texans assembled forces and attacked the Mexiacn forces.
  • Constitution of 1835

    Constitution of 1835
    Delegates at the Convention of 1835 hastily drafted a new constitution for the fledgling Republic of Texas. Faced with the threat of imminent Mexican attack, they incorporated large sections of the United States Constitution along with some Mexican law.
  • Declaration of 1835

    Declaration of 1835
  • Texans Attack of San Antonio

    Texans Attack of San Antonio
    A volunteer Texan army successfully defeated Mexican forces at San Antonio. Texans had become disillusioned with the Mexican government as President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's reign became increasingly dictatorial. Santa Anna had sent General Martin Perfecto de Cos to Béxar with reinforcements. On October 13, Austin led his forces towards San Antonio to confront the Mexican troops. The Texans then initiated a siege of the city.
  • Surrender of Mexican forces in San Antonio

    Surrender of Mexican forces in San Antonio
    Texans drove back the Mexican forces until they were forced to take refuge in the Alamo. Where the Texans slowly wore them down until General Cos agreed to surrender.
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    Runaway Scrape

    The Runaway Scrape was the name given to the flight of Anglo and Tejano settlers in early 1836 fleeing their homes in Texas after early failures of the rebellion against the Mexican government.
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    Siege of the Alamo

    The siege of the Alamo occurred between February 23 and March 6, 1836 as part of the Battle of the Alamo. On February 23, Mexican troops under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna entered San Antonio, Texas and surrounded the Alamo Mission. The Alamo was defended by a small force of Texans, led by William Barrett Travis and James Bowie, and including Davy Crockett. The siege ended when the Mexican Army launched an early-morning assault on March 6. Almost all of the Texans were killed,
  • Texas Declaration of Independence

    Texas Declaration of Independence
    The Texas Declaration of Independence was the formal declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico in the Texas Revolution. It was adopted at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836, and formally signed the following day.
  • Consultation of 1836

    Consultation of 1836
    The Texas Revolution had begun five months previously and the Consultation had debated over whether to declare independence from Mexico or pledge to uphold the repudiated Mexican Constitution of 1824. It's there they had to decide whether or not they would declare independence or just restore the Constitution of 1824.
  • Battle of the Alamo

    Battle of the Alamo
    The Battle of the Alamo was the turning point in the war. Following a thirteen-day siege, Mexican troops under the President of Mexican General Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission in San Antonio. All but two of the Texan defenders were killed. Santa Anna's cruelty during the battle inspired many Texans— and people from the United States—to join the Texan Army.
  • Battle of Refugio/Coleto (Goliad Massacre)

    Battle of Refugio/Coleto (Goliad Massacre)
    Troops from the army of Mexico defeated Texan forces in several clashes, and eventually massacred many of their prisoners of war, spreading outrage and resentment among the population of the Republic of Texas.