The oil and water boys, you could call them. Texas politics was a fun place! A lot of people liked to hear Lamar’s talk of permanent independence and God Bless Texas. But when they heard, big government, big debt, high taxes, it sank in that staying independent would cost them big money. Lamar also believed there should be a public school system, including a university of Texas, funded by the people. He wanted to pick a new war with Mexico and annex the whole southwest, all the way to the Pacific Ocean, to permanently block the spread of the USA and make Texas as BIG, BOLD, Permanent, and GRAND as the USA, if not more so. Sounds good, but most Texans decided that was too much for them to pay for. DIPLOMATIC RECOGNITION. WHY WOULD COUNTRIES WANT TEXAS TO BE INDEPENDENT?
1837 The USA was the first country to recognize the Republic of Texas as an independent country. Naturally, it couldn’t be annexed if it still belonged to Mexico!Just in case things “went south,” the USA did not send an actual ambassador to Texas—merely a charge d’affairs.Texas had an embassy in Washington, D.C., and efforts are being made now to mark all the locations where it was. (It moved 8 times). 1839 France was the second major power to recognize the independence of Texas. France was arguing with Mexico at the time. A French pastry cook’s shop in Mexico City was looted and ruined by Mexican military officers in 1838, and Mexico refused to pay damages. The King of France ordered Mexico to pay ridiculously high damages, because Mexico had already defaulted on millions of dollars in loans from France. The Mexican president refused, so the French Navy blockaded Mexico’s coast, captured the Mexican navy, and occupied the leading port city, Veracruz. Mexico attempted to smuggle goods into Texas ports. France talked to Texas to prevent it, therefore recognizing Texas as a country. This episode is called The Pastry War. Britain pressured the Mexican president to pay France the damages. France evacuated Mexico in 1839, but TEXAS had been recognized. Also in 1839, the French government send a diplomat, Jean Pierre Isidore Alphone Dubois, “Count”de Saligny, to Texas to see what it was like. De Saligny visited Galveston, Houston, and the coast; he went back in 1840 to Austin, where he got involved in Texas politics, lobbied on behalf of the Franco-Texian Company, and caused the “Pig War,”when he demanded damages because of a stray pig that ate up his chef’s herb garden. He represented France in Texas from 1844 until annexation, which he and Britain’s representative tried to prevent. Texas had an embassy in Parish at 1 Place Vendome, where the Hotel Bataille de Frances has a plaque to commemorate that fact. 1840 The Netherlands signed a Treaty of Commerce with Texas in September, so that Dutch bankers could make a loan to the Republic. The Dutch are always ready to add a new customer to the business dealings! 1840-42 Great Britain was the fourth major power to recognize Texas (Nov 1840). They had to swallow hard to do that, because Britain was in the middle of freeing the slaves in its empire.