This primary source is a map and part of the Texas 175: A Dozen Documents That Made a Difference, an online exhibition featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This map of Texas from 1836 shows not only the geography of the new nation, but the location of Indian tribes and villages and herds of of wild horses, cattle, and buffalo. News of the Texas Revolution caused a sensation among people back in the United States. Americans avidly followed the news coverage of the classic David vs. Goliath battle for independence. Besides reading newspaper stories, thousands of people had the opportunity to hear about the Texan struggle in person from the most well-respected political leader in Texas, Stephen F. Austin. Along with fellow commissioners Branch Archer and William Wharton, Austin spent the spring of 1836 traveling the United States on his way to Washington, D.C., speaking out in almost every town to explain the grievances of the Texans against the cruel and unprincipled Santa Anna.
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