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Alamo de Parras ___"This site is dedicated to the discovery, study and preservation of Alamo History. It features the early Spanish/Mexican military history, a much-neglected area. There is a significant section on Alamo archaeology and the Alamo siege of 1836. The Alamo de Parras website features contributions by some of the best Alamo historians, archaeologists and writers in this field. This content and illustration rich site is a must for the casual and serious students of Texas History." - Illustrated - From The Texian Web - http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/txweb/adp.htm 
Alamo Defenders Descendants Association ___A state-by-state list of Alamo defenders, press releases, a photo gallery, history and links. - Illustrated - From the Alamo Defenders' Descendants Association - http://www.alamodescendants.org/ 
Birth of the Lone Star State ___This history starts in 1519 and ends in 1901. Click on any highlighted text to access relevant information about the topic at hand. - Illustrated - From Mario Paesani - http://members.tripod.com/aries46/lonestar.htm 
Blanco History ___Learn what pioneer life was really like in the Lone Star State. Link to part two from the link at the bottom of the first page. - Text only - From Jean Cox Stanley - http://www.texfiles.com/texashistory/blancohistory.htm 

Casa Blanca and Juan Seguin ___A grade six student prepared this report which includes a photo gallery. good work, Alisha! - Illustrated -

Find a Grave - Texas ___Brief biographies of 1,068 'famous' citizens, many with information about their claims to fame, causes of death and burial places, and photos. - Illustrated - From Find a Grave - http://www.findagrave.com/php/famous.php?page=state&FSstateid=46 
Green, J. of the Texian Expedition Against Mier 1845___"This is an online version of the 1993 republication of Journal of the Texian Expedition Against Mier, by Gen. Thomas Jefferson Green, first published in 1845." - Illustrated - From the Southern Methodist University -

History of Texas __ "The history of Texas (as part of the United States) began in 1845, but settlement of the region dates back to the end of the Upper Paleolithic Period, around 10,000 BC. Its history has been shaped by being part of six independent countries: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Texas   
Index to Military Rolls of The Republic of Texas 1835 - 1845___This is wonderful resource for genealogists and military historians. You'll find a sample muster roll, indices of commanders, and a name index of military bounty and donation land grants. - Text only - From H. David Maxey - http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/military/

Into the Past___ A good history of the problems between the newly-arriving white settlers to the area now known as Blanco County and the Native tribes who considered it their home. - Text only - From Glenn Hadeler - http://www.texfiles.com/hadeler/partone.htm 
Juan Seguin___ An interesting history of a man who helped defeat the Mexicans on Texas' behalf and then wound up fighting against America for the Mexicans. - Illustrated - From PBS - http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/seguin.htm 

L'Affaire d' Hog___ It's hard to read this history without smiling. Discover what pigs and a Frenchman have to do with Texas' past. - Text only - From Ira Kennedy - http://www.texfiles.com/eckhardt/laffairedhog.htm 
Letters on the Spanish Explorers and Missions___ Access copies of letters "between two San Antonio Texas History buffs to students in East Texas. This correspondence provides a wealth of material about the Spanish exploration of Texas and the establishment of the Missions." - Illustrated - RICE Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning - http://riceinfo.rice.edu/armadillo/Projects/letters.html 

Lone Star Junction___ This is "...a Texas history resource provided for the benefit of both Texans and "foreigners" alike. If you have an interest in Texas and its rich history, you've found the right place in cyberspace." - Illustrated - From Lone Star Junction - http://www.lsjunction.com/ 
The Mason County Hoo Doo Wars___ This is a "... story of desperation, prejudice, murder, and revenge." Link to part two at the bottom of the page. - Text only - By Glenn Hadeler - http://www.texfiles.com/texashistory/hoodoowar.htm 
Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna Recaptured the Alamo ___"Brief and simple information for younger students about the historic siege of the Alamo in 1836." - Illustrated - From the Library of Congress - http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/reform/jb_reform_alamo_1.html 
Mier Expedition -- 1842-1844___Learn about the Mier Expedition, which was "... the most disastrous of all of the border confrontations between Texas and Mexico during the days of the Republic." Highighted text takes you to information about the Somervell Expedition and Mexico's dictator, Santa Anna. - Illustrated - From Lone Star Junction - http://www.lsjunction.com/events/mier.htm 
Mystery of the Lady in Blue ___Here's an historical mystery. "The American southwest owes much of its Spanish exploration and settlement to a woman. Texas owes the entire Spanish mission effort to her. That woman, in her entire life, never left Spain. At least, she never left it physically." - Text only - From C.F. Eckhardt - http://www.texfiles.com/eckhardt/ladyinblue.htm 
Official Homepage of the Texas Navy ___Topics include Texas navies, ships, uniforms and flags, a nineteenth century naval glossary, personal letters and journals, a quiz and a word find game. - Illustrated - From the Texas Navy Association - http://www.texasnavy.com 
The Pig War ___How could pigs be the cause of a "... suspension of diplomatic relations between France and the Republic of Texas, cancellation of a seven million dollar loan, and defeat of legislation that would have given France three million strategic acres of Texas land for military use"? Find out here. - Text only - By Gary Brown - http://www.texfiles.com/texashistory/pigwar.htm 
The Real Republic of Texas ___This is an entertaining article about events relevant to the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the United States in 1846. - Text only - By Donald S. Frazier - http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~hns/articles/1997/060397a.html 
Robertson's Colony Papers, Volume 1: McLean ___"The colonization enterprise that eventually became known as Robertson's colony had previously been referred to as the Texas Association, Leftwich's Grant, the Nashville colony, or the upper colony." Read the navigation hints before you try to find your way around this site. - Illustrated - By Malcolm D. McLean - http://lonestar.texas.net/~mdmclean/rc_papers_vol_1/contents.htm 
The Scab Building? ___The construction of Texas' State Capitol in Austin was surrounded by controversy. Read the story here. - Text only - From Ira Kennedy - http://www.texfiles.com/texashistory/statecapitol.htm 
A Shared Experience and Its Teacher's Guide ___This website is designed "... to provide teachers, students, and the historically interested general public a source of information about the Lower Rio Grande Heritage Corridor along the border between Texas and Mexico." Lessons plans, maps, images and video clips (RealOne plug-in required) are available. - Illustrated - By Mario L. Sánchez - http://www.rice.edu/armadillo/Past/ 
A Shared Past ___"This collection of materials is an attempt to give the teacher of United States history from Reconstruction to the present ideas for lessons that integrate Texas history into the course. There are three types of materials. The first type is an essay describing some of the main themes of U.S./Texas history that can be employed. Another type is short descriptions of interesting links between U.S. and Texas history intended to be shared with the students or developed into longer lessons by the teacher. The third and most numerous type consists of lessons that may be used to illustrate U.S. history by using Texas history examples. The lessons are intended to be adapted according to the interests of the students and the expertise of the individual teacher." - Text only - From Rice University - http://www.rice.edu/armadillo/Texas/Sharedpast/ 
State of Texas History ___Not an attractive page, but the facts are here. Historic Texas - Text only - From SouthEastern Genealogy - http://www.segenealogy.com/texas/tx_state/history.htm 

Texas ___A good overview of the history of Texas, plus statistics, demographic information, and links to "... selected famous natives and residents." - Illustrated - From Pearson Education, publishing as Infoplease - http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108277.html
Texas ___"Click on any of the links in the menu to access good information accompanied by a location map. Highlighted text throughout this encyclopedic entry takes you to further information of a similar nature." - Illustrated - From PBS - http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/places/states/texas/ 


Texas Ghost Towns ___These brief reports about this state's ghost towns are submitted by viewers. - Map - From Ghosttowns.com - http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/tx/tx.html 

Texas: History ___Topics include Spanish exploration, the Texas Republic and the discovery of oil. - Text only - From The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. - http://www.factmonster.com/ce6/us/A0861505.html 

The Jaybird-Woodpecker War of Fort Bend County ___"The events related here occurred in the Fort Bend County area of Texas in 1888-1889. These are scanned page images from a magazine and take a while to load. (You also get the advertisements which appeared with the story on the magazine's pages.)" - Illustrated - By Ira Kennedy - http://www.texfiles.com/texashistory/woodpecker.htm 
The Woman at San Jacinto ___Learn about the battle of San Jacinto and the unknown woman who was killed there. - Text only - By Gary Brown -


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