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and create another one that will secure their future welfare and happiness. General Santa Anna, has overturned the constitution of his country, and now offers us the cruel option either to abandon our homes, or submit to
the most intolerable of all tyranny. The Mexican government has failed to establish any public system of education…It denies us the right of worshipping the Almighty as we want to…It has demanded that we give up our arms, which are essential to our defense…It has invaded our country both by sea and by land, with intent to lay waste our territory, and drive us from our homes…It has encouraged the merciless Indians to massacre the inhabitants of our defenseless frontiers…. We, therefore, do hereby resolve and declare, that our political connection with the Mexican nation has forever ended, and that the people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic…Document B (Modified)We cannot trust the Anglo-American colonists because they are continually demonstrating that they refuse to follow our laws, unless it is convenient for them. We will have many problems if we do not stop their disrespectful behavior by stationing soldiers and a Mexican judge in each settlement. They have been using their own colonists as judges and practicing their own laws, forgetting that they swore to obey the laws of Mexico. Source: The letter above was written by Rafael Antonio Manchola, a Tejano(Mexican living in Texas). He wrote this letter about the Anglo-Americans in1826 to a military commander.Document C (Modified)Colonel Juan Seguin's Alamo Defenders' Burial Speech, April 4, 1837 Companions in Arms!! These remains which we have the honor of carrying on our shoulders are those of the brave heroes who died in the Alamo.
Yes, my friends, they preferred to die a thousand times rather than submit themselves to the tyrant's yoke. Yes, soldiers and fellow citizens, these