Things That Led Up to the Texas Revolution
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. ” —John Stuart Mill* The Texas Revolution or Texas War for Independence was caused and influenced by a series of events. These events were created by social, political, and economical differences and problems. The Revolution was partially influenced by all of these. Although social and economic problems played a role in the Revolution, the deciding factor was all of the political problems and differences like slavery, new laws, leadership, and battles/attacks.
One of the first things that led to the Texas Revolution was different views on slavery. The Law of April 6th, 1830 is a prime example not only about slavery, but also new laws. Some people, like the Anglo-Americans, did not like the new law on abolishing slavery in Texas because they could not continue to thrive in the cotton industry without them. The Mexican government set this rule in place because there were too many Anglos in Texas. They wanted more Catholics in Texas, so they wouldn’t try to override their government.
This angered the Anglos, as well as Texans due to the ban on immigration. They felt as if they had been cheated by Mexico Another thing that led to the War was power and changes in leadership. The Consultation, for example, was a meeting that created new laws for Texas and how its government worked. This is a stepping stone for Texas in to becoming its own nation. In this meeting at San Felipe, delegates decided against declaring its independence from Mexico, but they did opt to set up a provisional government.
Even though at the end of the meeting they had no clear focus about many things, they did proceed to show defiance against the Mexican government. The best possible reason for the War and most influential is all of the battles that led up to and made up the Texas Revolution. Some of the most remembered and influential battles were the Battle of Velasco, Battle of Gonzales, and the Attack on San Antonio. These battles and attacks, in a way provoked Texans to start to think about succeeding from Mexico.
The Battle of Gonzales, especially, was like the “last-straw” of patience from Texans. The motto of the war was “Come and Take it”. It was also written flag next to the canon the Texans stole from their opponents. They taunted the Mexicans with the canon. This was a really obvious attempt that Texas was going to start fighting for their independence; consequently, this was the war that started the Texas Revolution itself. As listed above, there are many components that led up to and started the Texas Revolution, but almost all of them were based on political issues and differences.