State of Texas
Office of the Governor
One hundred and seventy-five years ago, on March 2, 1836, delegates from throughout what was then the Mexican Deprtment of Texas convened at Washington-on-the-Brazos and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Thus, the Republic of Texas was born.
From the fall of 1835 to spring 1836, Texans of all backgrounds came together to fight for liberty and better government. It was a daunting struggle, and the Texas rebels endured hardship and defeat, most notably at the Alamo and Goliad. But with determination, Texan forces defeated Santa Anna, which ended the war and assured Texas' independence.
The Republic of Texas existed nine years until it joined the union as the 28th state on December 29, 1845. The Lone Star State still has the distinction of being the only state to have been a sovereign country.
At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about, reflect on and take pride in their unique and special history.
Therefore, I Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2011, to be
Texas Independence Day
In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 11th day of January, 2011.
Governor of Texas