Friday, March 02, 2007

Happy Texas Independence Day!

If you are lucky enough to be a state employee, you might get the day off or you might get overtime for being on the skeleton crew. Either way, it pays to work for the State of Texas on such a pretty day.

On this day 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. However, it was not until the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836 that Texas won the war. Also of note, March 2 is also Sam Houston's birthday. For all you non-Texans, he was the commander in chief of the Texas army. It was when Houston and his men captured Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto that the independence of Texas was offically recognized. Sam Houston went on to serve as the first President of the Republic of Texas (he also served a non-succesive second term), as US Senator, and as Governor.

"Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States cannot make it without Texas! -- Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas

1 comment:

mad said...

Wasn't he the guy who arrived late at the Alamo?