The DeWitt Colony of Texas was
comprised of independent small farmers and ranchers from the "upper southern"
frontiers of the young United States of the north who answered the call of visionary
Hispanic leaders to help build and secure a second liberal federalist and democratic
republican society on the American continent under the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Loyal
Mexican citizens until racist dictatorship threatened life, liberty, property and pursuit
of happiness, DeWitt Colonists played an equal or greater role in resistance to
dictatorship that led to Texas independence than the much larger Austin colonies. It was
in Gonzales where the first resistance to the centralista dictatorship based on principle
occurred and where Stephen F. Austin organized a broader response to the occupation of San
Antonio de Bexar by the centralista dictatorship.
DeWitt colonists were the only Texans to respond to besieged colleagues in the Alamo
(4% of the total population of the DeWitt Colony died in the Alamo while Alamo casualties
represented less than 0.5% of the total population of Texas). It was in Gonzales where the
provisional government of Texas assembled an army whose victory at San Jacinto resulted in
The Sons of DeWitt Colony Texas is dedicated to the study and dissemination of
information about the "web" of human, familial, social, economic and political
relationships that gave rise to and comprised the DeWitt Colony region in the period
1700-1846, now parts of Caldwell, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays,
Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria and Wilson Counties of Texas.
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