By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 2, 2022) – In Issue 2022-042 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the “independence” of the country of Texas. Read on. . .

Everything is Bigger in Texas

Texas became an independent country on March 2, 1836, as it parted ways with Mexico.  Remember the Alamo.

Mexico “inherited” Texas from the Spanish, who started to build missions in today’s east Texas by 1716, not pleasing the Native Americans.  The Spanish established New Spain, which included the lands from today’s Texas to California and Mexico.  Mexican Independence from Spain was achieved in 1821 after a long war.

Given that most non-Native Americans living in today’s Texas were immigrants from the US in the 1830s, Texas aggressively pushed for joining the Union after parting ways with Mexico.  They joined the US in 1845.

This Mitchell map of the Lone Star state is from 40 years after independence from Mexico.

Map of Texas – 1876 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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