Republic of Fredonia, Texas 1826

In the first of numerous conflicts and revolutions over the future state of Texas, North American immigrants in the sovereign nation of Mexico declared themselves independent on December 21, 1826.  The leader of the insurgency, Hayden Edwards, had received a land grant from the generous Mexican government near Nacogdoches in eastern Texas. He then decided to steal the granted land. Unsurprisingly the Mexicans were opposed to this idea, as was future Texas statesman, Stephen Austin. The First Nation Americans in the neighhborhood didn’t like the idea either, and the declared Republic of Fredonia was soon defeated. (Image of Map of Texas highlighting Fredonia, Creative Commons)

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