Hoping to build a buffer between the Comanche and the settled areas of Mexico, the Mexican government allowed Americans to emigrate to remote and empty Texas. The native population was soon outnumbered by the immigrants, many of whom were from the southern states, so they wanted to continue their practice of slavery even though it was illegal in Mexico. Rapid immigration and the colonists’ growing dissatisfaction with their status as Mexican citizens meant that conflict was inevitable. After a series of confrontations, open warfare began in October 1835 and the rebels had gained control of Texas by early December.
Here is Part I of my podcast on the Texan Revolution, it is 32 minutes long.
Lone Star Nation: The Epic Story of the Battle for Texas Independence-H.W. Brands
Lone Star Rising: The Revolutionary Birth of the Texas Republic-William C. Davis
Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie and William Barrett Travis-William C. Davis
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and US Fight for the Alamo-Jeff Long
David Crockett: The Lion of the West-Michael Wallis
Santa Anna of Mexico-Will Fowler
Sam Houston-James L. Haley
Sam Houston: The Life and Times of the Liberator of Texas-An Authentic American Hero-John Hoyt Williams
Mexico, Biography of Power: A History of Modern Mexico, 1810-1996-Enrique Krauze, translated by Hank Heifetz