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TexasDeclaration of IndependenceMarch 2, 1836

The 59 delegates who signed the famous Texas Declaration of Independence document at Washington on the Brazos, March 2, l836, Declared Texas would be a free, Sovereign, and independent republic.  This was the singleness of purpose that held them together.

These were very difficult and treacherous times for early Tejas settlers.  The newly formed government of the Mexican Republic was experiencing enormous turmoil within their ranks.  The Mexican leader became a dictator, who chose to totally disregard the woes and needs of the Tejas citizens.  Generalissimo Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna soon learned of the unrest among the Tejanos and Texian, the legal and illegal immigrants from the United States, who had rebelled against the Mexican government.   Santa Anna promptly organized an army and proceeded to Tejas.  He was determined to suppress and put down the revolt of the Tejanos, Texians and some MexicansThe Mexican General believed providence was on his side after his troops were victorious at the Battles of the Alamoand Goliad.   He was disastrously wrong.

While Santa Anna was moving north into Tejas, raising havoc among the Tejanos, Texians and the small Mexican population, valiant men had gathered in a small shelter in a bitter cold day at Washington on the Brazos.  These men were deciding on the future of the citizens of the great state of Tejas / Texas.  Most of the delegates had come from foreign countries.  Texas history cites the names of two illustrious Tejano patriots, who were among the distinguished signers of the historical document.  This heroic act gave birth to what became the Great Republic of Tejas / Texas.

Of the fifty-nine delegates, only two were native Tejanos / Texans  There could very well have been more, but with all the fighting going on, many others were assisting the Runaway Scrape to safety and were not able to attend.

The two legendary Tejano patriots were JOSÉ FRANCISCO RUIZ and JOSÉ ANTONIO NAVARRO his nephew.  They were delegates from San Fernando de Bexar, representing the dominant Tejano population.

JOSÉ FRANCISCO RUIZ, BORN 28 JANUARY 1783 IN SAN FERNANDO DE BEXAR TEJAS Texas… shall remain forever free.”

JOSÉ ANTONIO NAVARRO, BORN 27 FEBRUARY 1795   IN SAN FERNANDO DE BEXAR, TEJAS                       

                       I have sworn to be a Texan / Tejano.  I shall not forswear.”

Note: The men cited above were born Tejanos under the Spanish government of New Spain.

Some Unitedstatesians, who moved to Tejas then, became Mexican citizens.   Tejanos adopted Mexican citizenship as well.  Spanish speaking adult Tejanos or Tejanas in Tejas during the period were not born Mexican.  Today descendants of Tejanos and others born in the Lone Star State and other states in the union certainly are not Mexican, Mexican-American, Hispanic, Latino or Chicano.  For we are U.S. Tejanos and/or Tejanas, by the grace of God.  

Rudy 'Tejano' Peña, Tejano Historian God Bless Tejas   www.TejanoPride.com

announces

Added 06/22/03

SDHP takes great pride in letting everyone know that on June 20, 2003, Governor Rick Perry signed into law HB294 making the month of March, "Texas History Month"!! CONGRATULATIONS Tejas/TEXAS

SDHP recognizes that it took team work to accomplish this goal and would like to acknowledge the hundreds of people and organizations who worked tirelessly to get this bill passed and they deserve a huge

"Thank You" for their efforts.

The Texian Legacy Association

would like your support.

Updated June 5, 2003

Folks,
    It's with great pride and pleasure that I can
announce that the Senate of the State of Texas has
passed HB294 designating March as Texas History Month.
The bill now goes to the Governor for his signature,
which he has said he will be pleased to do. More on
this at a later date.

Dios y Tejas
Charlie

Folks,
   HB294 (The "Texas History Month" Bill) was approved
today by the House of Representatives on a voice vote.
It now goes to the Senate. We hope to have some
results of that late next week or the week after. I'll
keep you posted.
   Good work to everyone involved and "On to the
Senate!!"
Dios y Tejas
Charlie

Texas Legacy Association website

Texas History Month

Folks,

    It is with great pleasure I can inform you that through the efforts of Ms. Pat Goodrich of Baytown, State Representative John Davis (Dist. 129) and his staff, the Texian Legacy Association and many, many others, Representative Davis has authored and filed a bill for the 78th Legislative Session that will designate the month of March as Texas History Month. The text of HB 294 is at the end of this email and the status of the bill can be viewed at any time by visiting this web site:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlo/legislation/bill_status.htm

    The legislative offices and personnel are in a state of flux right now with the holidays upon us, the legislators moving offices, staffing their offices and generally getting ready for the session. Starting January 6th we plan to increase our efforts to notify people around the state of the bill’s status and to send out suggestions on how best to show our support as a build up to the first day of the session on Tuesday, January 14, 2003. It is our hope to have this bill passsed by two thirds majority of each house prior to this coming March so that it will take effect immediately. This is a tall order, but I believe worth the effort.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. Happy Holidays and

May God Bless Texas,

Charlie Yates

SDHP was sent this E-Mail And I believe everyone should know how to contact their elected officials.

Thanks to Mr. Yates and the Texian Legacy Association who work tirelessly to see Texas and it's history stay alive. Keep up the great work.

Folks,
   I just wanted to bring everyone up to date on the
status of some of our many projects.

SB250 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been
submitted to the Senate Committee on State Affairs

Chair: Senator Bill Ratliff -
Vice-Chair: Senator Todd Staples -
        Todd.Staples@senate.state.tx.us
Members:
Senator Kenneth Armbrister -
Kenneth.Armbrister@senate.state.tx.us
Senator Robert Duncan -
Robert.Duncan@senate.state.tx.us
Senator Rodney Ellis -
Rodney.Ellis@senate.state.tx.us
Senator Troy Fraser -
Troy.Fraser@senate.state.tx.us
Senator Chris Harris -
Chris.Harris@senate.state.tx.us
Senator Frank Madla -
Frank.Madla@senate.state.tx.us
Senator Jane Nelson -
Jane.Nelson@senate.state.tx.us

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HB294 (to make March, Texas History Month) has been
refered to the House Committee On State Cultural and
Recreational Resources

Chair: Rep. Harvey Hilderbran -
Harvey.Hilderbran@house.state.tx.us
Vice-Chair: Rep. Charlie Geren -
Charlie.Geren@house.state.tx.us
B&O Chair: Rep. Dawnna Dukes -
Dawnna.Dukes@house.state.tx.us
Members:
Rep. Kevin Bailey - Kevin.Bailey@house.state.tx.us
Rep. Byron Cook - Byron.Cook@house.state.tx.us
Rep. Edmund Kuempel - Edmund.Kuempel@house.state.tx.us
Rep. Larry Phillips - Larry.Phillips@house.state.tx.us

We hope the House will take up hearings on HB294 next
week. I'll keep you posted.

At the end of this email is the information I sent the
legislature. Please free to pass this information on
to any interested parties.
Dios y Tejas
Charlie

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The primary reason the Texian Legacy Assn. supports
March as “Texas History Month” is that Texas has over
450 years of written history relating to many diverse
and varied peoples. People of all races and cultures
are united in the pride of being Texans. For people
who have lived here for generations or who moved here
last week, “Texan” is a unique moniker and an honor
that we voluntarily take upon ourselves. Like the
people who came before us, we choose to put on the
mantle of being a Texan and to associate ourselves
with those people and ideals that make Texas such a
special place. Simply put, the people supporting these
bills believe that is worth celebrating. We would like
to have a period of time each year during which we can
all come together as Texans to celebrate our rich
history and heritage; a time when every house flies
the Texas flag. A time when people in Laredo,
Levelland, Austin, Cincinnati, New York, Germany,
Australia and a thousand other places around the world
celebrate Texas, its people and its contributions to
the world.

We support the month of March, in particular, being so
designated because of the major historical events that
happened during that month. A very small sample of
which are:

March 9, 1731, a group of fifteen Canary Island
families, totaling 56 persons, arrived at the Presidio
of San Antonio de Béxar forming the nucleus of the
villa of San Fernando de Béxar, now known as San
Antonio, and formed the first regularly organized
civil government in Texas.

March 29, 1813, the Battle of Rosillo was fought nine
miles southeast of San Antonio between forces fighting
for the independence of Texas led by Gutiérrez de and
Kemper and a Spanish royalist force under Texas
governor Salcedo. The Battle of Rosillo
resulted in the defeat of the royalist forces, the
capture of San Antonio and the establishment of a
first "Republic of Texas."

March 2, 1836 at Washington-On-The-Brazos the
representatives of the people of Texas voted
unanimously to sever the ties which bound them to
their mother country and to declare Texas a sovereign,
free and independent republic based on the principles
of democracy.

March 6, 1836 Lt. Col. William Barrett Travis and the
garrison under his command, which included David
Crockett, James Bowie and approximately 200 men of
diverse backgrounds and nationalities, were put to the
sword after defending Texas' freedoms and liberties
during the prolonged and bloody Battle of the Alamo.
Palm Sunday, March 27, 1836, Col. James Walker
Fannin, Jr. and his command of approximately 400 men,
after suffering a week in captivity, gave their last
full measure of devotion by forfeiting their lives for
their beliefs in the independence and sovereignty of
Texas.

March 2 is the birthday of Sam Houston, General of the
Texas Army, Hero of San Jacinto, first elected
President of the Republic of Texas, Governor of the
State of Texas, and Senator of the United States
Congress.

The practical effect of these bills, once passed, will
be to set aside the month of March for all Texans to
celebrate our “Texan-ness” and to promote all of Texas
history. A well known historian friend of mine is fond
of saying that “Texas Independence Day (March 2nd)
should be celebrated for Texans like St. Patrick’s Day
is celebrated for the Irish: For that one day of the
year, everyone in the world can be a Texan!”

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT

relating to recognizing March as Texas History Month.

        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

        SECTION 1. Subchapter D, Chapter 662, Government Code, is amended by adding

        Section 662.102 to read as follows: Sec. 662.102. TEXAS HISTORY MONTH. (a) March is Texas History Month in honor of those Texans         who helped shape the history of the State of Texas and in recognition of events throughout Texas' history.        

        (b) Texas History Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate celebrations and activities in public schools and other places to                 promote interest in and knowledge of Texas history.

        SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by         Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect     September 1, 2003.

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