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History of Texas Today: Declaration of Independence at Goliad

“Remember Goliad” It was one of the battle cries at the Battle of San Jacinto that secured Texas’ independence from Mexico. Overlooking the now quiet hillside presidio on the outskirts of the small town of Goliad in South Texas, the visitor can sense the momentous and terrible events that took place there on Palm Sunday in 1836.

But if you follow the memories contained in the La Bahia exhibit, you’ll realize that just months before the massacre, the site played a key role in another important event that led to the eventual independence of Texas. I guess.

On March 2, in Washington on the Brazos, inside Our Lady of Loreto Chapel in Goliad, 92 men marched as the founding of the Republic of Texas formally proclaimed the independence of Texas. signed Declaration of Independence from Mexico 73 days ago.

Signatories to the December 20 document included both members of Captain Philip Dimmitt’s unit and local citizens, including those of Mexican descent. Many of the signatories were uneasy that Antonio López de Santa Anna had overthrown the Mexican government and replaced the 1824 constitution with a new centralized system.

The Declaration was drafted by the clerk of the town of Goliad Ira IngramIt was then forwarded to the Provisional Texas Government in San Felipe and printed on leaflets for distribution, according to ‘Sons of DeWitt Colony Texas’. website.

Originally from Vermont, Ingram was one of the first 300 settlers to come to Texas with Stephen F. Austin.

Jose Maria Jesus Carabajal He was one of the prominent Mexican citizens who signed the document. Caravajal was born in San Antonio, and he has held several Mexican government offices, including secretary to the legislatures of Coahuila and Texas. He was elected to the convention of 1836, but he declined to attend, the proclamation of 2 March was adopted.

The Goliad Declaration recalls our national declaration made 60 years ago.

“1. its formThe states and provinces of Texas are and should be free, sovereign, and independent states.
2. it that’s why Has and should have all the powers, powers, attributes and immunities of other sovereign states
3. It We who set our names hereby pledge our lives, our property, and our sacred honor, and pledge to each other to uphold this declaration. To help and guide us to achieve victory through our struggles in order to enjoy peace, unity and good government. And if we must prove, or somehow prove, that we are not worthy of the lofty destiny to which we aspire, we invoke his curse.

According to historian John Henry Brown History of Texas from 1685 to 1892a majority of the interim government supported “continuing the contest to the end as an integral part of Mexico”, thus limiting the distribution of leaflets to the general public.

However, the document caused a lot of discussion.

Dimitt hoisted the first banner of independence after the declaration was signed.Bloody ArmA flag designed by him on the wall of the Presidio.

The flag was later also hoisted in the hall where the Declaration of Independence of 2 March was signed.

In February 1836, Goliad’s Presidio was renamed “Fort Defiance” and continued to play an important role in the Texas Revolutionary War.

A copy of Goliad’s Declaration of Independence can be found below.

https://thetexan.news/today-in-texas-history-the-declaration-of-independence-at-goliad/ History of Texas Today: Declaration of Independence at Goliad

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