Turbulence in the republic of Texas :1836-1838



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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to point the political, social, and economic turbulence in the Republic of Texas from the time of her independence in March of 1836, until the end of Sam Houston’s first administration in 1838. The seriousness of those disorders was studied in detail as well as the attempts of the government to eradicate them. Methods: The methods of investigation include a thorough use of local college and university libraries, the archive selections of both the San Jacinto Museum of History and Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas, and the Texas Room of the Houston Public Library. Inter-Library loan services were utilize as well the Spanish Department of South Texas College for an accurate interpretation of Mexican documents. Microfilm sources and original newspapers have also been studied carefully. Findings: From the evidence presented in the study, the following conclusions seem to be in order: 1.Texas declared her independence from Mexico at a time when she was barely able to sustain herself. 2.The popularity of Sam Houston, hero of San Jacinto, reached a high point in the Republic during the campaign and electing in 1836. 3.Houston appears to have been the right man for the Executive Office of Texas on 1836. 4.Houston’s economic policy was basically sound. 5.The First and Second Congress of the Republic resorted to the issue of paper money, which resulted in uncontrolled inflation. 6.The turbulence in Texas remained a fact, in spite of Houston’s attempts to quell it, and as a result, he temporarily lost considerable support. 7.Lamar’s election in 1838 was, for all practical purposes, not necessarily a repudiation of the Houston approach in solving the disorder in Texas.



Republic of Texas, early history, 1836-1838, turbulence, political turbulence, economic policy, inflation