Happy Texas Independence Day!!!!!

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A few others to remember:

June 24, 1846: Bear Flag Revolt

July 4, 1894: Hawaiian Republic founded.

Only 3 states to exist as independent republics (Texas, California, and Hawaii.

AND, we can't forget:

April 24, 1916: Easter Rising, followed by "The Troubles".
 
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This thread reminds me of the engraving on my 1851 Navy's cylinder. It depicts the only sea battle where a all sail ship (Texan) fought a steam powered ship (Mexican) to a draw. Which was quite a feat. The battle of Campeche.
Happy anniversary Texas.
 
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Oh, can not forget Rough and Ready California!!!

"The town declared its secession from the Union as The Great Republic of Rough and Ready on 7 April 1850, largely to avoid mining taxes, but voted to rejoin the Union less than three months later on 4 July.[6] The old republic is celebrated annually as a way to attract tourism and as a point of local pride."

"In the beginning of July in 1850, the people of the Great Republic of Rough and Ready began organizing their Fourth of July celebration. Although this was ostensibly a celebration of the independence of a nation to which they no longer belonged, the citizens of Rough and Ready were nonetheless excited to eat, drink, and be merry on Independence Day. Their excitement was brought to a screeching halt, however, when citizens from Rough and Ready went into nearby Nevada City, California in order to purchase alcohol for the upcoming party. The would-be merry-makers were told that the shops would not sell their wares to foreigners.

On that very day, so the story goes, the citizens of Rough and Ready held a vote and agreed to rejoin the Union. Unwilling to give up their July 4th celebration, Rough and Ready rejoined the United States with little fanfare, just in time for the party. The Great Republic of Rough and Ready, which had formed just three months earlier, was no more."
 
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