Texas joins the United States–Episode 7

170 years ago today, December 29, the United States admitted Texas as the 28th State. Learn about what Texas President Anson Jones called the “great drama” in this episode of Wise About Texas!

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Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas
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U.S. President James Polk
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Site of the Texas legation in London
Another shot of the location of the Texas Embassy in London

The Siege and Battle of Bexar: Episode 6

In December, 1835, the Mexican army surrendered the major city of Bexar to the rebellious Texans.  Learn about the grass fight and the capture of the pots and pans!  You’ll also learn about the pivotal role BBQ played in the cause of Texas independence!


The Alamo in 1849. This is the oldest picture of the Alamo and probably the closest to an “1836” view we’ll ever get.
Gen. Edward Burleson who commanded the troops in the battle.
The flag of the New Orleans Greys. The Greys participated in the battle and one of them challenged Deaf Smith in the cannon bets. This flag was captured at the Battle of the Alamo and is on display in a Mexican museum.
Gen. Martin Perfecto de Cos, commander of the Mexican army at Bexar.
Ben Milam who rallied the Texans and was later killed by a Mexican sniper outside the Veramendi palace.

Capitals of Texas part 2: Houston and Austin go to War! (ep. 5)

Houston was the capital of Texas, but not for long.  After the capital moved to the new town of Austin, President Sam Houston kept trying to move it again…leading to an armed conflict and a cannon fired on Congress Avenue!  The only question is whether the war is really over…


Angelina Eberly statue on Congress Ave. in Austin
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The original capitol building in Austin, 1839
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The first capitol building in Houston, 1837, on Texas Ave. at Main St.
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Sam Houston’s first residence as President of the Republic of Texas. Located Caroline St. in Houston
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Historical marker for the first Houston, Texas.