Why did the civil war in Texas, which began in response to Santa Anna's coup, turn into a war for Texan independence? Why was Texas annexed to the United States rather than remain an independent country? In this lesson, students read parts of the Texas Declaration of Independence, military letters, and an abolitionist pamphlet to explore different causes for independence and statehood in Texas.
Image: Political cartoon of General Santa Anna's surrender drawn by Edward W. Clay in 1836. From the Library of Congress.