Texas' Independence

Early Families

Sam Robertson and the Railroad

Irrigation Project


On the Atlantic Seaboard, the British colonies became independant, followed by Mexico 40 years later. Texas in turn, declared independnce from Mexico. It was not until after the Mexican War, when disputed territories north of the Rio Grande were ceded to the United States, that any lasting changes came to the area.

One result of the Mexican War was the establishment of a military camp opposite Matamoros. This grew into Fort Brown, and the town which sprang up around it was named Brownsville. A large number of mustered out soldiers began to settle along the river, giving their names to families with countless members today-Moody, Atkinson and Weaver among others.

Sam Houston Boulevard--Dirt Street. Photo courtesy of San Benito Historical Society

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