Happy Texas Independence Day y'all!
On this day (no leap year quibbling, please) in Texas history, 1836: As the Battle of the Alamo raged on in San Antonio de Bexar, 59 delegates assembled for a convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos, about 180 miles northeast of the Alamo. The Convention of 1836 would meet until March 17 and write both the Texas Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Republic. It would also organize the new Republic’s interim government until the first elections could be held. But today, March 2, the delegates put pen to paper and signed the document below. This is a signature page from the original manuscript of the Declaration of Independence, which resides with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) in the Texas State Archives. This page contains the closing lines: “The people of Texas do now constitute a free, Sovereign, and independent republic, and… we fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme arbiter of the destinies of nations.”
This photo resides with TSLAC in the Texas State Archives. Other historical items related to the declaration are on their website: www.tsl.texas.gov/treasures/republic/declare-01.html