10.2 Tensions Grow

Chapter 10 Section 2
Tensions Grow
Conflicts at Anahuac
• Mexican government stationed hundreds
of troops in Texas to enforce the Law of
April 6, 1830
• Conflict between the civilians and military
• Colonel Juan Davis
Bradburn commanded
the troops stationed at
the fort
• Francisco Madero was
approving land titles for
• February 1831Bradburn arrests
Madero claiming his
actions were illegal
Juan Davis
• This angered the
citizens of Liberty, a
near by town
• Bradburn disbands
the town government
and uses the slaves
for projects without
paying for their labor
Tensions Continue to Increase
• November 1831- George
Fisher was a customs
official. He was a U.S.
settler who became a
Mexican citizen.
• He demanded the ships
pay their customs duties at
Anahuac. This meant
some had to go over land
to get the paper work.
• Stephen F. Austin
responded to the
complaints by writing
to Bradburn.
• He stated the rules
were “utterly
impractical and their
execution is
• When several ship
captains refused to
follow the rules,
Fisher sent soldiers
after them.
• A soldier was
wounded and an all
out battle was
avoided because
Austin wrote the
Mexican officials.
William B. Travis
• Fisher resigned soon
after the event.
• Spring of 1832Bradburn arrests
several citizens
including William B.
Travis and Patrick
Jack. He held them
for military trial.
• This enraged Texas
The Turtle Bayou Resolutions
• Patrick Jack’s brother,
William, began to rally
people. They
demanded the
prisoners’ release.
• John Austin, a settler
in Brazoria, organized
a force of 150 people.
• They marched to the
fort of Anahuac.
• Gunfire between
Texas and Mexico
was exchanged
• Bradburn agreed to
release the prisoners
if the Texans would
release the soldiers
they captured and
• Bradburn did not keep
his promise
I said I would
release the
prisoners, but
I lied!!!
• After the conflict many soldiers
went to Turtle Bayou where
they drew up resolutions
• They declared the events at
Anahuac were not a rebellion
against Mexico, they were just
defending their rights and the
Constitution of 1824.
• They expressed support for
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna,
who was trying to overthrow
the current president,
Anastacio Bustamante.
The Turtle Bayou Resolutions
• Bustamante had taken
complete control of the
government, violating the
Constitution of 1824.
• Santa Anna had much
support in Mexico,
including leaders such as
Colonel Jose Antonio
Mexia who came to
Brazoria with an army and
was given a copy of the
Turtle Bayou Resolutions.
The Battle of Velasco
• Not long after those
events, a Mexican force
led by Colonel Jose de
las Piedras arrived from
• He blamed Bradburn for
the conflict with the U.S.
• He released the prisoners
and recommended
removing Bradburn from
his post.
• This avoided a serious
battle at Anahuac
The Battle of Velasco
• Not knowing the
conflict at Anahuac
was over, John
Austin’s group loaded
the cannon on a ship
at Brazoria.
• Colonel Domingo de
Ugartechea refused
to let the rebels pass
• June 26, 1832fighting breaks out
The Battle of Velasco
• Mexican soldiers ran
out of ammunition
and were forced to
• The colonists won the
Battle of Velasco on
June 29.
• Resistance to
Mexican authority
grew everyday.
• Many Mexican troops
left the region.
• They went to take
sides in Mexico in the
war between Santa
Anna and the
Federalists vs.
Bustamante and the
Anastasio Bustamente (l) and
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (r)
• Texans anxiously awaited the news from
Mexico City.
• They hoped Santa Anna would win and
restore the Constitution of 1824.