A meeting of American Texans declares David Burnet as provisional president and
Sam Houston as commander in chief. The adopted constitution allowed slavery, something
that Mexican law prohibited.
in San Antonio, Santa Anna's (dictator of Mexico) siege of the Alamo (a military
compound settled by American Texans) continued, and the fort's 185 or so American
defenders waited for the Mexican retaliation.
6th, Santa Anna ordered the storming of the Alamo which lead to the deaths of
most of the inhabitants, save for a few women and children.
weeks later, Sam Houston led a large Texan army which surprised Santa Anna's army
at San Jacinto.
"Remember the Alamo!" the Texans defeated the Mexicans and captured
Santa Anna. The Mexican dictator was forced to recognize Texas' independence and
withdrew his forces south of the Rýo Grande.