Republic of Texas declared independence on March 2, 1836. Leading to this, the settlers revolted against Mexico. The first battle of the revolution, the Battle of Gonzales, was fought 185 years ago today.
The Republic lasted nearly ten years, and then Texas joined the Union in December 1845 as the 28th state.
Here is Mitchell’s map of the Lone Star State from the year after statehood was granted. And yes, the shape of Texas was a bit different then, called “Stovepipe Texas”, versus today’s shape.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.