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David (Davy) Crockett, frontiersman, congressman, and defender of the Alamo, son of John and Rebecca (Hawkins) Crockett, was born in Greene County, East Tennessee, on August 17, 1786. In 1798, two years after the Crocketts opened a tavern on the road from Knoxville to Abingdon, Virginia, John Crockett hired his son out to Jacob Siler to help drive a herd of cattle to Rockbridge County, Virginia. Siler tried to detain David by force after the job was completed, but the boy escaped at night by walking seven miles in two hours through knee-deep snow. He eventually made his way home in late 1798 or early 1799.

Soon afterward he started school, but preferred playing hooky and ran away to escape his father's punishment. On October 21, 1805, Crockett took out a license to marry Margaret Elder of Dandridge, Tennessee, but was jilted by her, perhaps justly, since local legend intimated that he was a less than constant suitor. Michael A. Texas State Historical Association - Education - Student Guides. TOPIC LISTS with links to Handbook of Texas Online articles (To locate a specific topic, click on Edit, Click on Find (ctrl + F), then type your topic in the field provided.) 1.

Texas State Historical Association - Education - Student Guides



The strong Texas interest in flags is shown in public and private displays of the "Six Flags Over Texas," i.e., the flags of the six countries that have ruled over Texas: the Kingdom of France, the Kingdom of Spain, the Mexican Federal Republic, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. Spain has had four significant flags during its occupation of the New World. The royal banner of Castile and León, bearing two lions and two castles, was used as a state flag and ensign from around 1230 to around 1516. From 1516 to May 28, 1785, Spain used a state flag and ensign consisting of a modified red saltire on white to signify the house of Burgundy.

A variant of the state flag and ensign 1580 to 1640 depicted the complete Spanish coat of arms on a white field. The flag of France that was allegedly carried by René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, was probably a plain white flag strewn with fleurs-de-lys. Devereaux D. Texas-rivers-map. Map of Texas - Texas Map, TX map, Map of TX, Texas Maps, Texas Map of Houston Facts, Texas Attractions History. 1 | 2 Description (Page 1) Texas History The first inhabitants of this land now called Texas arrived here around 10,000 B.C; they hunted giant bison and mammoths, and over many centuries a wide variety of Indian cultures developed and prospered.

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These earliest Texans arrived via the ice bridge that once spanned from Russia to Alaska, and then traveled south to somewhat milder climates. The Spanish began their conquest of Texas in 1519 when Alonso Álvarez de Pineda mapped the coastline. In 1528, Cabeza de Vaca shipwrecked near Galveston, would later refer to his discoveries in Texas as the "Seven Cities of Gold" and the legend quickly grew. Searching for those "Cities" the Spanish explorer Coronado scoured much of the southwest; he never found them, but Spain's claim on the land grew stronger and their first mission, Corpus Christi de la Isleta, was established near present-day El Paso in 1682.

Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, and Stephen F. Description continued... The Six National Flags of Texas. Six national flags have flown over Texas since the first European exploration of the region by Cortez in 1519.

The Six National Flags of Texas

The six flags are: Texas Under Spain. 1519-1685; 1690-1821. Spain was the first European nation to claim what is now Texas, beginning in 1519 when Cortez was establishing Spanish presence in Mexico, and Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda mapped the Texas coastline. A few shipwrecked Spaniards, like Alvar Nunez, Cabeza de Vaca, and explorers such as Coronado, occasionally probed the vast wilderness, but more than 100 years passed before Spain planted its first settlement in Texas: Ysleta Mission in present El Paso, established in 1681. Gradually expanding from Mexico, other Spanish missions, forts and civil settlements followed for nearly a century-and-a-half until Mexico threw off European rule and became independent in 1821. Texas Under France. 1685-1690 Texas Under Mexico. 1821-1836 Texas as a Republic. 1836-1845. THE WEST - Sam Houston. A sometimes volatile and often contradictory man, Sam Houston played a crucial role in the founding of Texas.

THE WEST - Sam Houston

Houston was born into a military family in Virginia in 1793. His father, an army major who had served in the Revolutionary War, died when Sam was fourteen. His mother took their family to eastern Tennessee, where Houston spent much of his later childhood in the company of Cherokee Indians, coming to know their language and customs well. His involvement in the War of 1812 launched Houston's political career. TBH Lesson Plan. Lesson Title: Ft.

TBH Lesson Plan

St. Louis: A Do-It-Yourself History Subjects: Texas History and Geography, English Language Arts, Technology Education Grade level: 7 (Can be adapted for grades 4-11) Teacher and students should have an understanding of some basic features of Microsoft Word (Save, Copy, Paste, Print, and the top menu bars) and be able to navigate the Internet.

Rationale:Students will work in cooperative groups to gather primary and secondary source materials from the Texas Beyond History website. Materials: Lesson Duration: Three 45 minute class periods Objectives: English, Language Arts (23C) record bibliographic information for all notes and sources (25A) draws conclusions and summarizes or paraphrases the findings in a systematic way Social Studies 7th Grade Computer Applications (middle school) THE WEST - Antonio López de Santa Anna. The dominant figure in Mexican politics for much of the 19th century, Antonio López de Santa Anna left a legacy of disappointment and disaster by consistently placing his own self-interest above his duty to the nation.

THE WEST - Antonio López de Santa Anna

Born in the state of Vera Cruz in 1794, Santa Anna embarked on his long career in the army at age 16 as a cadet. He fought for a time for the Spanish against Mexican independence, but along with many other army officers switched sides in 1821 to help install Augustin de Iturbide as head of state of an independent Mexico.

Mexico was a highly fractured and chaotic nation for much of its first century of independence, in no small part due to the machinations of men such as Santa Anna. In 1828 he used his military influence to lift the losing candidate into the presidency, being rewarded in turn with appointment as the highest-ranking general in the land. In 1833 Santa Anna was overwhelmingly elected President of Mexico.