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Unformatted text preview: members joined, including Americans settlers, Tejanos, volunteers from the United States, and free or enslaved African Americans. On April 21, 1836 at San Jacinto, the Texans neared the Santa Annas camp and killed over half of them in about 18 minutes. Santa Anna was then forced to give Texas their freedom through a treaty. In September 1836, Texas asked Congress to annex Texas to the Union. The United States refused because adding Texas would cause an uneven amount of slave and free states. Also, some Texans opposed it because annexing them would make them a slave state and that being annexed would lead to war with Mexico. Sam Houston lived with the Cherokees for about three years, served in the United States Army, and was governor of Tennessee....
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