Texas Timeline

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  • René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle's birth

    He was a French explorer who accidentally landed in Matagorda Bay, Texas. He established Fort St. Louis in this area. His presence in Texas inspired Spain to build missions there in order to maintain their territory.
  • Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's birth

    He was a Mexican General who fought in the Battle of the Alamo and was defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • Birth of Gail Borden

    He was a Texan Inventor. He developed a commercial method to condense milk. He also founded the Borden Inc. dairy company.
  • Birth of Juan N. Seguín

    He was an active participant in the Texas Revolution. He was also the Texas Senator, judge, mayor, and Justice of the Peace.
  • Texas Independence Day

    This is the celebration of Texas' independence from Mexico and is an official holiday in the state of Texas.
  • Charles Goodnight

    Charles Goodnight was born on March 5, 1836. He is known as the "Father of the Texas Panhandle". He was a Texas rancher.
  • End of the Battle of the Alamo

    The Battle of the Alamo was fought by General Antonio López de Santa Anna against the Texian defenders of the Alamo. The Texians lost the battle.
  • William B. Travis' Death

    William Travis died at the Battle of the Alamo. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Texas Army while fighting in this battle.
  • The Runaway Scrape begins

    This was the battle between the Texians and the Mexican army of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. It lasted until April 21, 1836. It began with the Fall of the Alamo and ended with the Battle of San Jacinto.
  • The Battle of San Jacinto

    This battle is where the Texian army fought against Santa Anna's Mexican army. It lasted 18 minutes in all. It was the decisive battle for the Texas Revolution.
  • Sam Houston President of Republic of Texas

    Sam Houston President of Republic of Texas
    Sam Houston is elected first president of Republic of Texas.
  • Annexation of Texas to the United States

    President Polk signed the papers to annex Texas to the United States.
  • The U.S.- Mexican War Begins

    This was a war between America and Mexico. The U.S. won Mexican Territory and became a Continental power. The war lasted from 1846-1848.
  • Birth of Adina de Zavala

    She was a teacher who wrote and preserved the history of Texas. She also advocated for the preservation of the Alamo for future generations to view.
  • Cinco de Mayo

    This is the day that the Mexicans won a victory over the French in the French at the Battle of Puebla.
  • Juneteenth Day

    This is a U.S. holiday known as "Freedom Day". It is held in honor of the abolition of slavery in Texas.
  • Birth of Clara Driscoll

    She donated money to preserve the Alamo Mission located in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Fiesta San Antonio

    This celebration is an annual celebration that is hosted throughout the month of April. There are many parades and fiestas during this time. It is held in honor of the Battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. It was first celebrated in 1891.
  • Birth of Henry b. Gonzalez

    He served as a council member for the city of San Antonio. He also was a state senator. He was also elected to a seat in the U.S. Congress, and was the first Hispanic from Texas in that office.
  • The Great Depression Begins

    The Great Depression begain after the fall of stock prices on this date.
  • The Dust Bowl Begins

    The Dust Bowl began in the 1930's. It is not clear what precise day it began, but it lasted through the 1930's. This was a period of drought and dust storms that eroded the soil in Texas and other states. This lead to the migration of people to places like California.
  • Birth of Barbara Jordan

    She was a member of the Texas Legislature. Later, she was elected to the United States Congress. She advocated for the rights of African Americans.
  • Start of World War II

    This was a global war that lasted for six years.
  • The Texas Strawberry Festival Began

    The Festival started as an incentive for World War II veterans to come back to the farms. It is celebrated annually now.
  • Henry Cisneros becomes Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

    Henry Cisneros becomes Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
    He became the second Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city: San Antonio, Texas.