America’s Forgotten War for Slavery- The Alamo

Without the myth, and looking at the significance of slavery and the Mexican abolition of slavery in 1829, the largely pro-slavery Texas settlers and the Republic of Mexico were headed for war. In a two volume work by Dr Phillip Tucker, the war for Texas independence is steeped in hidden facts that the public has yet to learn. Massive support for slave owners in terms of arms, supplies, and men poured into Mexico secretly and often openly to support the southern push to remove free territory from a U.S. border. Thus, the 1835-1836 Texas revolution was actually America’s first war for slavery.

 

Texas was the last cutting edge of chattel slavery in the United States. In less than fifty years between 1821 and 1865, slavery spread over the eastern part of Texas, an area almost as large as Alabama and Mississippi put together. Slavery entangled Texas with the slave owning financial interests of the South. Slave owners flooded into Texas by the thousands from Louisiana and other southern states and were able to acquire loans for armaments and equipment with Andrew Jackson’s approval. Hence, most of the fighters for Texas independence were not from Texas, and many were simply criminals, illegal immigrants, and mercenaries looking for money, land, and slaves. Many of these settlers were dirt poor and ignorant people who saw slavery as a way to get rich even if they never were able to secure slaves for themselves. It the short term, they could get jobs as slave catchers or drivers for a plantation hoping to eventually own slaves. Millions of people opposed slavery during this period but their history is ignored.

 

The land commission given Moses Austin by Spanish authorities in 1821 did not mention slaves, but when Stephen F. Austin, his son, was recognized as heir to his father's contract later that year, it was agreed that settlers could receive eighty acres of land for each enslaved person they brought into the colony. This was the incentive for making Texas a slave state.  Interestingly, the Haitian Revolution, led by Toussaint L'Ouverture (1743-1803), a black revolutionary, sent shock waves throughout the southern slave owning states. In fact, some 200 black Haitian troops landed at Galveston Island to fight against Spanish slavery in 1816. After Spain was defeated in 1821, and slavery abolished in Mexico, this became a problem for Andrew Jackson and southern slave owners who wanted to extend slavery across America.

 

Stephen F. Austin created the first slave codes in Texas on January 22, 1824. This code severely punished anyone attempting to help slaves escape to freedom. Texas was just like the deep South in this regard, and eventually William Travis of Alamo fame, would be the corrupt lawyer that defended slave owner interests. The slave code read it part, “It shall be the duty of every person who shall find any slave from his master’s premises without a pass from his master or overseer to tie him up and give him ten lashes.” Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin, William Travis, and Andrew Jackson were considered a disgrace to humanity by John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Lundy, and many other whites that opposed slavery.

 

The Texas Revolution in 1836 would be but another war to enshrine slavery and extend the boundaries of the United States. Andrew Jackson had the plot, along with Sam Houston, to rip Texas away from Mexico. In fact, and according to Dr. Phillip Tucker, America’s first war for slavery were the battles with Mexico, including the Battle of the Alamo and San Jacinto. All of this would be proven when Texas became the 28th State entering the Union as a slave state.

 

 

 

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