Why Texas Independence Was/Is a Big Deal

In my travels and dealings with folks from different parts of the country, I’ve been told more than once that we Texans have a bit of an inflated sense of importance. I’ve heard it called “cockiness” and even “arrogance.”

Well, guilty as charged.

A Texan is always proud of the Lone Star State’s history and prominence. And why not? The truth is that Texas has been involved in things and generated stories and tales that most other states can’t even come close to matching. Nothing against a state like say, West Virginia, but other than being a major chess piece in the lead-up to the Civil War, what has West Virginia ever done to really impact the history of the United States?

So today, as we celebrate San Jacinto Day, let’s look how Sam Houston’s victory over Santa Anna and the Mexican army in 1836 changed THE WORLD.

After losses at Goliad and the Alamo, the Texian army was in the middle of “The Runaway Scrape,” a bit of a strategic withdrawal/retreat. But they trapped Santa Anna at San Jacinto and that led to Texas independence. And that led to Texas being annexed by the United States, which fueled the Mexican War. And as a result of the victory over Mexico, we laid claim to most of what is now the western United States. The US grew by almost one million square miles as a result of the fight over Texas. (I’m not making this up)

Again, nothing against the other 49 states. They’re all very nice. But when you’re talking about making an impact, things are bigger in Texas.