A commemorative postage stamp on the Centennial of Texas independence :
Issued by United States of America
Issued on Mar 2, 1936
The Historic Stamp :
The 3¢ stamp celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Texas. The independent Republic lasted from 1836 to 1845, bridging the time from Mexican domination to statehood.
The Alamo, where 187 brave Texans died in the struggle for freedom in March 1836, is pictured in the center of the stamp. The portrait in the upper left is of Sam Houston, who won the final victory over the Mexicans at San Jacinto and later became the first president of the independent Republic. Stephen F. Austin is shown in the upper right. He established the first permanent American settlements in Texas in the 1820s.
The Texas Independence Stamp was printed in purple by steel engraving. The First Day City was Gonzales, Texas.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 3 cents
Colour : Purple
The Subject of the Stamp :
- “Remember the Alamo” became the battle cry of Texans fighting to win their freedom. Their resolve was crowned with success on April 21, 1836, when Sam Houston’s forces dealt a crushing and decisive blow to Santa Anna’s Mexican army at San Jacinto.
- In the wake of the victory, Texans established the independent Republic of Texas. The fledgling nation faced grave difficulties ranging from continuous money shortages to defending against Mexican and Indian raids. As a result, Texans overwhelmingly favored annexation by the United States. The issue arose as early as 1836, but was rejected because of the controversy over slavery.
- Almost ten years elapsed before a treaty of annexation was finally approved by Congress. Texas officially joined the Union as the 28th state on December 29, 1845.