Purchase of 1803
The Louisiana Purchase has been described as the greatest real estate
deal in history. In 1803 the United States paid France $15 million for
the Louisiana Territory--828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi
River. The lands acquired stretched from the Mississippi River to the
Rocky Mountains and from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border.
Thirteen states were carved from the Louisiana Territory. The Louisiana
Purchase nearly doubled the size of the United States, making it one
of the largest nations in the world.
April 30, 1803.
Treaty between the United States of America and the French Republic.
First Convention between the United States of America and the French
Second Convention between the United States of America and the French
Proclamation of José Bernardo Gutiérrez De Lara
Adams-Onís Treaty 1819
Treaty of Amity, Settlement, and Limits Between the United States of
America and His Catholic Majesty. 1819
August 1823. E.W. Ripley
E.W. Ripley shares the eagerness of a group of U.S.citizens to emigrate
and settle on the Colorado river.
October 4, 1824.
The Constitution of the Mexican United States that Texians swore to
uphold and the constitution that Santa Anna overthrew.
March 9, 1826.
Colonization Contract: Gen. Arthur G. Wavell, an English soldier of
fortune and friend of Stephen F. Austin's.
July 16, 1827.
Order From the Mexican Legislature to the Political Chief of The Department
of Texas to Sell Buildings and Walls at Mission San Antonio Valero.
September 7, 1827.
Colonel José Francisco Ruiz asks for money owed him for the auctioning
of the ruins of the mission.
September 7, 1827.
The Report of the Cancellation of the Selling of the Building Materials
of Mission San Antonio de Valero.
April 25, 1831.
The marriage contract of James Bowie and Ursula de Veramendi.
June 23, 1832.
Kincheloe, et al. to the Governor of Coahuila y Texas. A
resolution disassociating the signers of the declaration of independence
from any anti-government activities.
July 18, 1832. Austin
Stephen F. Austin reports the enthusiastic reception of General Mexia
by the Texas colonists.
April 14, 1833. George W. Smyth
to Andrew Smyth
A son writes to his father to discuss political affairs in Texas, the
Convention of 1833, and the advantages of settling in Texas.
July 3, 1835. John A. Williams
to the Political Chief of Nacogdoches.
John A. Williams reports the disturbances at Anahuac.
August 8, 1835. Ugartichea
to Chief of Brasos.
Ugartichea orders the arrest of Zavala, Travis and other political enemies.
September 26, 1835. Letter
from E. Bailey Concerning the situation at Gonzales.
October 1835. Consultation:
Resolution by Garrett
Motion of Jacob Garrett urging peaceful settlement of differences between
colonists and the Mexican forces.
November 7, 1835. Declaration
of the People of Texas.
Declaration announcing the colonist's intention to fight for the restoration
of the Constitution of 1824 and independent Mexican statehood for Texas.
Spanish with English translation.
December 3, 1835. Méxia
José Antonio Méxia describes the abortive Federalist attack
on Tampico. Spanish with English translation.
December 7& 13, 1835.
The Letters of Micjah Autry
10, 1835. Gonzalez Broadside
José Maria Gonzalez urges patriotic Mexicans to support the Texans
and the Federalist cause. Spanish with English translation.
December 11, 1835.
General Cos's Capitulation.
Surrender terms signed by Generals Cos and Burleson at San Antonio.
12, 1835. Proclamation of Sam Houston.
Commander-in-Chief of the Army of Texas a call for volunteers.
December 23, 1835. Mexia
to Governor Smith. Withdrawing from the Texas conflict, although
he intends to take his forces to Mexico to support the Federalist movement
President Andrew Jackson's
State of the Nation Address, 1836
January 17, 1836. Sam Houston
to Governor Henry Smith.
24, 1836. William Barret Travis - Letter from the Alamo
March 2, 1836. The Texas Declaration
March 17, 1836. The Constitution
of the Republic of Texas
22, 1836 Orders from Santa Anna
After the Mexican surrender at San Jacinto, General Antonio López
de Santa Anna issued these orders to his troops.
Accounts of Fannin's Death.
April 4, 1837.
Colonel Juan Nepomuceno Seguin's Alamo Defenders' Burial Oration.
February 7, 1838.
Land grant certificate for José
Toribio Losoya, documenting that he (not his uncle Domingo
Losoya) died at the Alamo.
May 4, 1840. Estate of David
From the Spanish Archives at the Béxar County Courthouse, San
1836 - President Andrew Jackson's
State of the Nation Address
The United States view of Texas Struggle for Independance
December 1849. Survey for
Samuel A. Maverick
After the 1836 battle, the Alamo and its environs passed through several
owners; one of these was Samuel A. Maverick. This is a significant document,
because it gives us some insight into the dimensions of the original
The Guadalupe-Hidalgo Treaty
By 1821, the United States had made two unsuccessful attempts to purchase
Texas from Mexico. The settlement of Texas by immigrants from the United
States finally led to the secession of Texas and its annexation by the
United States, resulting in the Mexican-Amercian War. It ended with
this treaty, by which the United States gained not only Texas but New
Mexico and Upper California. ©1997, Azteca Webpage.
Avalon Project at Yale Law School ~ Texas Documents
Address of the Honorable S. F. Austin, March 7, 1836 Convention to Terminate
Reclamations : 1838 Texas-American Boundary Convention : 1838 The Treaty
of Annexation - April 12, 1844 Joint Resolution of the Congress of the
United States, March 1,1845 Joint Resolution of the Congress of Texas,
June 23, 1845 Ordinance of the Convention of Texas, July 4, 1845 Joint
Resolution of the Congress of the United States, December 29,1846.