Today is Texas Independence Day - the day that a group of men meeting at Washington On The Brazos signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.
The document was written by a committee lead by George Childress and which also included Edward Conrad, James Gaines, Bailey Hardeman, and Collin McKinney. In just 24 hours, the committee submitted its draft, leading historians to speculate that Childress had pre-written much of it before his arrival.
It isn’t suurprising that the declaration is similar to the US Declaration – it was based primarily on the writings of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson.
It proclaimed that the Mexican government “ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived” and complained of “arbitrary acts of oppression and tyranny”. The document duly established the Republic of Texas, “among the nations of the world”.