• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Sam Houston and the American Southwest - the transformation he experienced in his attitudes towards and dealings with the so-called "war party".

Extracts from this document...


Jonathan Bell HIS 2053 Essay Two Sam Houston and the American Southwest Sam Houston is an interesting figure to study, particularly in the span of Texas history leading up to the Mexican Revolution, primarily because of the transformation he experienced in his attitudes towards and dealings with the so-called "war party". While initially siding with those who favored tough resistance to Mexico City, Houston's sentiments towards this bunch of rabble-rousers underwent a remarkable conversion throughout the 1830s, and by the time Texas teetered on the edge of revolution, Houston seemed to have acquired a greater sense of loyalty to Mexico and a distaste for outright rebellion. In his book, Sam Houston and the American Southwest, Randolph B. ...read more.


A few short months later, Houston arrived at Fort Gibson for a meeting with US commissioners and Comanche Indian leaders. Although neither showed up, Houston's willingness to commit such an act when "[t]he Mexicans," as he stated himself, "[were] always at war with the Comanches" (54), demonstrated his war party inclinations. Yet events in Texas and Mexico City soon changed Houston's perspective. Once the petition for statehood had been finalized, Houston realized Texas's greatest potential for success rested in the hands of Stephen F. Austin, who was at the time on the peace side, and advocated that he go to Mexico City to present it. Statements Houston later made also showed a greater willingness to negotiate, such as one made to a New York City man in 1834 ...read more.


Yet soon after, Stephen F. Austin returned from his eighteen-month incarceration in Mexico City and began pressing for war, Houston's tune changed, and he wrote a letter to the US pleading for volunteer assistance. The change didn't last long, however, because as war loomed on the horizon, its sympathizers became increasingly radical and Houston formally broke with the party, according to Campbell, "by successfully opposing an immediate declaration of independence in favor of a statement explaining the taking up of arms as a fight for statehood under the Constitution of 1824" (61). As history would have it, Houston's final stance against such immediate independence would not win out, and Texas would become an independent republic the following March. Yet the transformation he experienced in his views over the issue is extremely intriguing, and the underlying reasons behind it are certainly worthy of our attention. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level International History, 1945-1991 essays

  1. American History.

    focus on the Middle Colonies] but they suffered heavy losses in doing so. *British Strategy [or lack of it]* - Lord North made three assumptions [and you know what happens when you assume] about the war: 1.Patriot forces can't win against British regulars.

  2. The Attitudes and Events Leading To American Involvement In World War I

    American forces occupied Puerto Rico after a week. The Spanish troops in the Philippines also surrendered by mid- August and the Spanish government requested a settlement with the United States. The Treaty of Paris, 1898 By the terms of the peace treaty, signed in Paris on December 10, 1898, Spain relinquished Cuba and ceded sovereignty of Puerto Rico,

  1. During the course of this essay I will be investigating a play called 'All ...

    Otherwise what you have is really loot, and there's blood on it. I didn't want to take any of it.' Then Chris goes on to tell Ann about what his boys were like when he was in command, 'You remember, over seas, I was in command of a company...Well I lost them.......it takes little time to toss that off.

  2. The American Revolution

    and began to preach the colonial viewpoint of "no taxation with out representation." In the "New York Petition To The House of Commons" it was written that, "they [the colonists] have received Intimations of certain Designs lately formed, if possible, to induce the Parliament of Great Britain to impose Taxes upon the Subjects here, by laws to be passe there."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work