Texas Milestones

By 2714jse
  • Period: Jan 1, 1500 to

    1500's - 1600's

  • Nov 5, 1528

    Cabeza de Vaca

    Cabeza de Vaca crashed his ship on Galveston Island in the early 1500's. Then after the crash, the ship was restored and later explored Texas waters on the way to Mexico. (Which was the route before the crash.)
  • Apr 20, 1540


    Coronado led an expedition into the southwest United States in Texas. In this milestone, 1,000 men left Mexico, but only some men returned after hunting for treasure in those lands. The rest of the men kept hunting, but in 1542 they still came up empty, so the expedition was over.
  • Period: to

    1600's - 1700's

  • La Salle

    Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle went on an expedition in search for the Mississippi River. But, his expedition failed when: 1. Instead of finding the Mississippi, he found the Matagorda Bay in Texas. 2. Two of his three ships crashed. 3.When he was killed by his own men. The men who returned to France, returned with empty hands and empty dreams.
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    1700's - 1800's

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    1800's - 1900's

  • Austin Grant

    On January 3, 1823, Stephen F. Austin recieved grant from the Mexican government and began to build cities in the region of the Brazos River.
  • Mexican Independance

    Mexico gained independance when the Consitution of 1824 gave them a republican form of government. Although, the consitution did not give Mexico the equal amount of rights U.S. states had, they still got some rights.
  • Austin Imprisoned

    Stephen F. Austin was imprisoned by citizens of Mexico because he wanted Texas to be its own territory, away from Mexico. He also wanted Texas to have more rights, just like a free state. So, the citizens of Mexico put him in jail for his seemingly foolish proposition.
  • Battle at Gonzales

    This battle was considered to be the first battle of the Texas Revolution. The mexicans were trying to get their cannon back from the people in Gonzales, but they were in for a suprise when the cannon was fired at the mexicans. In this battle, the people of Gonzales were bascicallly saying, "Come and Take It!" And that's when the "Come and Take It" flag was created.
  • Battle of Alamo

    The Mexican Army, led by Santa Anna fought the Texans led by William B. Travs and Jim Bowey at the Alamo in what is now San Antonio. The battle lasted about 11 days. At first, Santa Anna and his troops stayed outside the Alamo and fought the Texans, but on March 6, 1836 they stormed in and killed all of the Texans in the fortress. So, Santa Anna was victoious.
  • Runaway Scrape Begins

    During this time period, the colonists gathered their things and started to escape and run away from their hometowns. During their escape, hunger and sickness spread throught the lands and many died. But, at about halfway through their journey, the colonists received word that the Texans won at the Battle of San Jacinto, so the few that survived returned back to their hometowns. The colonists returned because there was finally a time of rejoice, not despair.
  • Massacre at Goliad

    Santa Anna and his troops marched out of Mexico in route to San Antonio. When they stopped at Goliad the Texans were waiting for them, so the Mexicans attacked. Santa Anna and his army won that day after killed or imprisoning all of the Texan soldiers. Looks like Santa Anna won this battle.
  • Battle of San Jacinto

    The Battle of San Jacinto started when he Texans lined up at the banks of the San Jacinto river, to prepare for war. The Mexicans did the same on the opposite side of the river with Santa Anna as their general. When the word "fire" was yelled, the Texans immediatley killed 700 of Santa Anna's men, and took 750 men into captivity as prisoners. So the Texans won that battle in a very short period of time.
  • Texas joins the United States

    Texas was named the 28th state in 1845 by the president at that time, James K. Polk.
  • Texas secedes and joins the Confederacy

    Texas seceded from the Union in 1861 with a 171 to 6 all around vote from the Secession Convention. One of the only people opposed to this proposition was Sam Houston. So, Texas got its way and seceded from the Union.
  • Battle of Galveston- the Bayou City

    This battle was at sea, and the point of this battle was to recapture the Galveston Island. Once the battle had started, the Union side won quickly because the Confederates were outnumbered and out-guned. So, the leader of the Union regained Galveston as its own.