Texas Independence by Guest Noelle Marchand

I was born and raised in the great state of Texas. When I was about ten years old I met a friend’s cousin who was visiting from another state and asked her if knew any songs about her state. She gave me a weird look. The following conversation went something like this…You mean you don’t know a state song by heart? For instance, I know “Texas Our Texas”, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, “The Yellow Rose of Texas”, etc. Well, tell me something about its history. What? You aren’t required to take a history class about your state? Oh…That’s when I realized that Texas was special because its people were proud of their heritage and knew their history.

It is a history lived through the lives of homesteaders, slaves, cotton kings, cattle barons, cowboys, Native Americans and even pirates. It spans centuries that brought foreign rule, revolution, independence, and statehood. Independence is probably the segment of Texas history most often forgotten by everyone—except Texans. We remember it as surely as we remember the Alamo for that battle along with many others was waged in pursuit of the dream which became a reality when the Republic of Texas was established in 1836.

This sovereign nation stretched from the shore line of the Gulf of Mexico in the south to the Canadian border in the north encompassing land later divided into six other states. Texans created their own constitution, elected a president, elected congressmen who inaugurated members of a Supreme Court, and adopted a flag and seal. The United States of America even assigned an ambassador for Texas thus acknowledging the new nation as the sovereign power it was.

Difficulties mounted for the young nation due to continued harassment from a Mexican government determined to keep Texas in turmoil and warring Comanche Indians not eager to give up their traditional lands. On October 13, 1846, Texas approved the annexation agreement offered to them by United States. On that day, Texans did not lower their flag. They simply raised the American one to equal standing. We are the only state allowed to fly our flag on the same level as the flag of the United States. 

Those ten years of sovereignty forever marked the culture of the Texas and the character of its people. Independence runs deep in our veins. It fuels our slogans “don’t

mess with Texas”, “a whole ‘nother country”, “everything is bigger (and better) in Texas”. It gives us the initiative to do the seemingly impossible like land on the moon or, for the heroine of A Texas-made Match, land a husband.

As the town’s most successful matchmaker Ellie O’Brien seems quite capable of finding love for everyone—but herself. In true Texas fashion, she takes matters into her own hands and starts a revolution of romance in her town. Will her efforts find the love she’s always longed for or just a whole heap of trouble? Well, when your love is Texas-made, it’s guaranteed to be as big and bold as the state itself.

Now, that y’all know about my state. I’d love to hear about yours. What state are you from? What interesting trivia or history can you share with us about it?

 

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Updated: October 8, 2013 — 6:00 am

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    I grew up in Ohio but moved to Texas just over 7 years ago. I love living in Texas and being closer to my family. I don’t remember learning much about Ohio history during school but for as long as I can remember I wanted to move to Texas. I look forward to reading Ellie’s story.

  2. I grew up in Ohio, but moved to Tennessee about 5 years ago. I don’t remember much about what I learned in school about Ohio history, but I do remember learning about the Underground Railroad. The part of Ohio I grew up in had a lot of network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves. While driving my dad would point out which houses were involved.
    I’m looking forward to reading Ellie’s story. Thanks for sharing Texas history with us.

  3. Good Morning, Noelle,
    I was born and raised in California. I know, weird, huh? Seems like everyone who writes on this blog is from the middle west or Texas. It is unusual to be a Native Californian because of the dust bowl era. And at my age, (I’m old). We have everything in my State. Longest coast line, highest mountain in the lower 48, (Mt. Whitney); lowest elevation in Death Valley; We have desert, skiing in July and ocean surfing; along with making your favorite movies. We also have a few people (residents), who are a bit different. Our weather is perfect most of the time, too.
    And that is my state. We learn about it in the middle school age.
    Thanks for being here, today. Enjoyed your knowledge of Texas. I’ve only driven through the Panhandle, and that was 30 years ago.

  4. I was born and raised the first 6 1/2 of my life in New Jersey then I was raised in Ohio. I went back to New Jersey after college for eight years. I came back to Ohio in 1993 to stay. So I consider myself an Ohian and not a Jersey Girl.

    As for a fun fact about Ohio, Bogey and Bacall were married at Malabar Farm in Lucas Ohio. Malabar Farm is the country home of author Louis Bromfield. I’ve been to Malabar Farm and it is a nice place to visit.

  5. Good Morning, I was born and raised and have lived within a 10 miles of my birthplace here in Nebraska all of my life. In elementary school we studied each of the states’ history. We did not delve deeply into our homestate’s history untill middle school. Then we studdied it for at least four months. I loved history and always looked for books in which I could read more!

  6. I am from Canada and was born and raised in the Province of Ontario. It is the largest province and we hold the power of both Provincial and Federal Government. Which is called Parliament, as we of course still belong to the Common Wealth. Ottawa is the home to our Federal Government and Toronto, where I was born and raised holds the Provincial government Our Premier (or Governor as you refer to your head of state)is the first Premier in Canada to be openly gay and the first female premier of Ontario.
    Hope you like my little bit of history about the land I call home…

  7. Hi Noelle! Love Texas history. When I write Texas is always so obvious of a setting I have to fight it or all my books would be there!!!
    I’m a Nebraska girl, too. Born and raised (HI CONNIE J) I live ten miles from the house I grew up in.
    We studied Nebraska history in…I think it was eighth grade. Then the end of the year was a big tour to the State Capital.
    Nebraska history is fascinating if not quite so flashy as Texas.
    The Great American Dessert turns out to be lush, fertile farmland, the western part of the state is great cowboy country. Everyone who knows Nebraska in a passing way thinks of Interstate 80 because they drove through Nebraska on it … once.
    Well, that’s the flattest, most boring part of the state, which makes it a great place for an interstate but not the most compelling part of Nebraska…charm-wise.

    We live in the bluffs along the Missouri River. Very rugged and beautiful. The west is rolling sandhills. We raise the best beef in the world, I can only pity Texas for it’s poor imitation of delicious Nebraska beef.
    We have the only Unicameral goverment in the nation. (no one runs for state legislature with a political party attached to their name, but trust me, there are plenty of party politicians here.
    Bess Streeter Aldrich is the author of my second favorite book of all time, A Lantern in Her Hand, I challenge anyone to read it and not just cry their head off!!!

  8. I was born and raised in Oklahoma! I am 74 and have lived here all my life. I love it. Our state song is OKLAHOMA.

  9. Welcome back to the Junction, Noelle!! It’s great to have you fill in. Texas history simply fascinates me. I learned so much in my 64 years but I’m always finding some new tidbit that I didn’t know. We have a very rich history and can’t turn the corner without bumping into something from the past. And being Texan I usually can’t wait to share it without everyone I meet.

    Wishing you much success with your books!

  10. Noelle, so glad to have you back for a visit!

    I lived in Texas for eighteen years and can attest to the independent nature of her people. I’m Illinois born–I learned so much about Abe Lincoln he could be a relative.

    Now I reside in Missouri, the state of St. Louis-Gateway to the West, Kansas City–home of great jazz and bbq; Independence–launching point for thousands of westward moving pioneers and wagon trains… This really is a great state for history.

  11. Hi Noelle! Thanks for visiting P&P today. With all the Texas talk and the cold weather here in KY, I’m ready to pack up and move. How about San Antonio?

  12. LAURA, so glad to hear you followed your dream and moved to Texas! Thanks for being interested in my book. I hope you enjoy reading it.

    BECKY & LORI, I’ve looked into Ohio history and it really is fascinating. I respect Ohians so much for all they’ve done for the cause of freedom. It also makes a great setting for stories. How cool that Bogey and Bacall are part of it’s history! They are two of my favorite classic movie stars.

    MARY J, it does seem like a lot of folks on this blog are Texas-minded or from the mid-west. I love hearing about California. As a kid, one of my favorite things to read about was the Gold rush. I know there’s a lot more to it’s history than that, too. No arguments here about it’s importance. 🙂

    CONNIE J, I haven’t delved much into Nebraska history so I’ll definitely have to look into it now.

    KATHLEEN O, Oh my goodness. Canada is so gorgeous! I really want to visit one day. It definitely has a rich history, too. I remember reading most of Janette Oke’s books and falling in love with the geography and, of course, the Mounties. 🙂

    MARY, I’ve read many of your books and have definitely appreciate the Texas settings. Wow! Nebraska sounds beautiful. I will definitely have to look into it more. Thems fightin’ words about our beef. lol. Just kidding…mostly. 😉

    GOLDIE, O-k-l-a-k-h-o-m-a? That Oklahoma song? If so, I know that one by heart, too. lol. Mainly, because I love the musical. lo. Oklahoma is definitely OK in my book. How could I also not love one of Texas’s neighbors?

    LINDA, I always love talking to a fellow Texan! I know exactly what you mean. There are so many layers that there is always something knew to learn about it. Thank you so much!

    TRACY, I hope you enjoyed your time in Texas. I grew up reading a lot of books about wagon trains so I learned a bit about your state through those. I definitely want to visit it one day.

    VICTORIA, thanks so much for inviting me to do this. It’s 73 here and sunshiny. 🙂

  13. Noelle, Thanks for the quick lesson on Texas history.

    I was born and raised in the northeast corner of New York State on the shore of Lake Champlain. The area is in the Adirondack mountains and borders on Vermont and Quebec, Canada. The area has a strong history of the Iroquois Nation, french fur trappers, the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, was crucial to the War of 1812, it is where The Last Of the Mohicans story was set, was settled early by the French, later by the English and Scots, and by the Irish (especially after the potato famine) via Canada. The State itself is diverse. You have the Great Lakes area, the Finger Lakes, The Catskills, and New York cCity, and Long Island. All very different and all special in their own way.

  14. Fabulous piece of history! I was raised in NY but moved to TX 18 years ago. I have always known I would wind up here, it always held a different aura that I wanted to be a part of. I don’t recall learning any state’s particular history in depth while in NY, but I know my kids are learning all about Texas now and I applaud that. Very proud to raise two Texans now! But I do recall as a New Yorker we were proud of our Statue of Liberty, and as a child in the early eighties I collected pennies to help support the renewal of the statue and her new torch.

  15. Hello Noelle,
    Was very proud to read about the experience you shared with so many of us here in the Lone Star State. You really described the independent spirit we share and even took the time to provide the historical seed behind the Self-Determination that all Texans share. If you would take a moment of your time to visit our cause, there is a chance it might peak your interest. You sound like a woman open to the belief that “You can do anything” if you put your mind to it. As a native Texan, I know this to be true. I wish you the best and thank you for the time,
    Roger Jordan
    http://www.texnat.org

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