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Wilde About Texas: Texas as a nation
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It was a cool spring when delegates from around the state gathered in a building near the Brazos River to form the Republic of Texas.
With the battles of Gonzales and Goliad behind them and troops gathering at the Alamo, early Texas delegates met to make their rebellion official. The process took about an hour, but in the end they formed the governing documents of the Republic of Texas.
From then on, the war for Texas’ independence had officially begun.
"Sam Houston figured he had done all the work he could do here and gathered up his troops to go and aid his friends and compatriots over at the Alamo," Park Ranger Adam Arnold said.
By then the Alamo had fallen, but over the next few weeks the revolution was fought, won and Texas did become a republic.
"People tend to overlook exactly what happened here and the fact that it was so critical to the independence of Texas," Arnold said.
Washington-on-the-Brazos was the capitol of the Republic of Texas during the early days of the revolution and again just before Texas joined the United States.