Events in Texas Between 1836 and 1850


Texas Declaration is adopted

March 2, 1836

It was adopted at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos.

David G Burnet elected Texas President

March 16, 1836 - Oct. 22, 1836

David took custody of Santa Anna and helped negotiate the Treaty of Velasco.

Santa Anna and David Burnet sign two Treaties of Velasco

May 14, 1836

One was public, the other secret – ending the Texas Revolution.

Fort Parker attacked by Comanches, Cynthia Ann Parker captured

May 19, 1836

members of the pioneer Parker family were killed in a raid by Native Americans, Cynthia lived most of her life with the Comanches.

Sam Houston elected Texas President

Oct. 22, 1836 - Dec. 10, 1838

Sam Houston was a general for the Texas army and captured Santa Anna to help gain Texas it's independence.

Stephen F. Austin dies

Dec. 27, 1836

Austin died of pneumonia in the town of Columbia, he was known as the "Father of Texas".

Texas is recognized by the United states as independent

March 3, 1837

Even though the U.S. recognized Texas as independent, Mexico didn't for a long time.

Mirabeau B. Lamar elected Texas President

Dec. 13, 1838 - Dec. 13, 1841

He joined Sam Houston's army in spring 1836 and distinguished himself with bravery at the Battle of San Jacinto. His actions led him to be the Secretary of War Interim for the Texas Government.

Comanches meets with the Texas Government to negotiate a peace treaty

March 19, 1840

Believing the Comanches to have broken a promise to release all white prisoners, the Texans take the chiefs prisoner, the Council House fight then followed.

Council House Fight in San Antonio

Aug. 5, 1840

The Council House Fight was a conflict between Republic of Texas officials and a Comanche peace delegation.

Battle of Plum Creek

Aug. 11, 1840

It was a battle between Comanches, Kiowas, and Texans.

Santa Fe Expedition

June 19, 1841

The Texas Santa Fe Expedition was a commercial and military expedition to secure the Republic of Texas's claims to parts of Northern New Mexico for Texas.

Sam Houston elected president of Texas

Dec. 13, 1841 - Dec. 9, 1844

he town of Houston was founded in 1836, named in his honor, and served as the capital of the republic during most of his first administration.

German Immigrants come to Texas


Johann Friedrich Ernst convinced Germans through letters to immigrate to Texas because of the land and climate.

Archives War

March, 1842

Citizens of Austin and Texas Rangers fought over the Texas Archives because the citizens didn't want Houston to become capitol.

Mier Expedition- "Black Bean" episode

March 25, 1843

Captured Texans were shot if they picked a black bean instead of a white bean out of a bowl.

Anson Jones elected president of Texas

Dec. 9, 1844 - Feb. 19, 1846

Was a doctor, businessman, congressman, and the fifth and last President of the Republic of Texas, sometimes called the "Architect of Annexation".

Annexation of Texas

Dec. 29, 1845

U.S. President James Polk signs the "Joint Resolution for the Admission of the State of Texas into the Union" making Texas the 28th state.