The Birthday of Sam Houston on Texas Independence Day

March 2 is Texas Independence Day (Día de la Independencia de Texas) which celebrates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos on this date in 1836, creating the Republic of Texas (República de Tejas). Having been born in Dallas, I am fiercely loyal to my home state and have featured it on numerous occasions here on A Stamp A Day, including last … Continue reading The Birthday of Sam Houston on Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day (Día de la Independencia de Texas) celebrates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836. With this document signed by 59 people, settlers in Mexican Texas officially declared independence from Mexico and created the Republic of Texas (República de Tejas). It is an annual legal holiday in Texas. March 2 also marks Texas Flag Day and Sam Houston … Continue reading Texas Independence Day

Republic of Texas #5 (Philosateleia, 2015)

Republic of Texas Post Office Department

The Republic of Texas (República de Texas) was an independent sovereign country in North America that existed from March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846. It was bordered by Mexico to the west and southwest, the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast, the two U.S. states of Louisiana and Arkansas to the east and northeast, and United States territories encompassing the current U.S. states of … Continue reading Republic of Texas Post Office Department

United States #776 (1936)

Sam Houston, President of Texas

On October 22, 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first Constitutional President of the Republic of Texas, replacing David G. Burnet who had been the interim president of the new country since March 16, 1836. Houston’s victory at the Battle of San Jacinto secured the independence of Texas from Mexico in one of the shortest decisive battles in modern history. The only American to be elected governor … Continue reading Sam Houston, President of Texas

United States #898 (1940)

de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)

On October 18, 1540, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto — leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States — arrived at Mabila, a heavily fortified village situated on a plain in a region of present-day central Alabama. Mabila was a Trojan-horse, fake village concealing over 2500 native warriors, planning to attack de Soto’s expedition. Tuskaloosa was a paramount chief of … Continue reading de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)