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Texas General Land Office

Pioneering Principles: Why Character Matters

This Lesson plan revolves around pioneer life in Mexican Texas. The opportunity to own cheap, abundant land in Mexican Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Austin’s colony. Mexican authorities, however, did not want just anyone settling their land. In this lesson, you will learn what the Mexican government required of its new settlers and how these expectations might apply to our own time. The opportunity to own cheap, abundant land in Mexican Texas was a powerful incentive for many Americans to pack up and set out for Austin’s colony.

Call to Arms: The Texas Land Grant, An Introduction

This lesson plan focuses on helping save the documents of Texas History. The study of land grants is interesting because of the stories they tell. Some files contain letters, notes or affidavits that give us a glimpse into the settler’s personal history. A typical land grant file contains the following information: ★ Who settled the land. ★ Why he or she received a land grant. ★ When the settler arrived in Texas. ★ Where he or she settled. The study of land grants is interesting because of the stories they tell.

Victory Or Death: The Travis Letter Lesson Plan

This lesson plan highlights William B Travis' heroic accomplishment in a way to help students learn. Students will analyze the Travis letter using the DESCRIBE strategy. *Students will be able to discuss and draw conclusions about the purpose and meaning of the letter. *Students will be able to explain larger themes addressed in the letter and how these themes reflected and influenced Texas and American history.

General Land Office - Energy Map of Texas

This is a detailed energy map of Texas, which highlights the 500 year history of energy production across the state. Commissioner Bush's map includes locations of significant wells, pipelines, wind farms, and traces the history of energy development across the Lone Star State. Bush's map takes a step into the digital age: It is complimented by the GLO's first ever digital interactive commissioner map, www.CommissionerBushMaps.com, which tells the deep and rich story of energy in Texas.
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