Re-Texanizing Texas History

There has long been a trend, especially post Civil War, to re-imagine the War for Texas Independence as a proxy conflict between Washington D.C. and dictatorial rule south of the border. The narrative goes along the lines that Texans were just Americans who expanded into western territories, and politics prevented the United States from acquiring the territory for a short time. Indeed, the San Jacinto Monument (paid for by the federal government) ends with:

Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican–American War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Almost one-third of the present area of the American Nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, ...

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