Though the seeds of the Texas Revolution go back at least to the Fredonian Rebellion in 1826, the beginning and end of the revolution is bookmarked by armed conflict compressed into a seven-month period between October 1835 and April 1836. Communities in early Texas organized Committees of Safety and Correspondence to aid in the defense of the frontier, primarily against Indians. By 1835, Columbia and other communities used these committees to disseminate information and to coordinate the resistance movement that led to the Texas Revolution. Ultimately, the diplomatic approach Stephen F. Austin employed could not halt the growing tension, uneasiness, dissatisfaction, and outright hostility that an increasing number of Texans felt toward the Mexican government.
The Texan colonists drew upon the experiences and the products of the conventions of 1832 and 1833 when the convention met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared independence from Mexico in March 1836. Through the defining battles of the revolution, especially the mythic battle of the Alamo, the Texan army fought valiantly if not always finding themselves victorious. Finally, though, the Texans emerged victorious at San Jacinto, leaving statehood behind and entering a new phase as an independent republic.
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