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Ellis, Richard (1781-1846) [Texas Declaration of Independence]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02559 Author/Creator: Ellis, Richard (1781-1846) Place Written: San Felipe de Austin, Texas Type: Broadsides Date: 2 March 1836 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Declares that a "Free, Sovereign, and Independent Republic" has been constituted by the people of Texas. The Dr. Paul Burns copy, listed in the Thomas Taylor census Texfake as #2 of authentic copies. Printed by Baker and Bordens, San Felipe de Austin. Dimensions refer to document unmounted.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Texas, American West, Latin and South America, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Government and Civics, Mexican War, Military History

Sub Era: Age of Jackson