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Ch 55: Texas Revolution, Expansion & the Civil War

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Review information about Texas history, with a focus on expansion and the Civil War, using this brief but informative chapter. Get the information you need to know for history tests or for college or professional exams.

Texas Revolution, Expansion & the Civil War - Chapter Summary

From the development of the Republic of Texas to reconstruction and settlement expansion, this chapter explores the early history of the state of Texas. You'll review important events and places and figures, such as the Alamo, the Santa Fe Trail and the Mexican-American War. The lessons also provide short biographies of notable figures who helped to shape and influence the history of Texas. Once you have completed this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the Texas Revolution and describe facts about the Alamo
  • Provide biographical details about Stephen Austin, Sam Houston and General Santa Anna
  • Explain the causes and effects of the Mexican-American War
  • Detail Texas' role in the Civil War and name major battles that involved this state
  • Name the effects of Reconstruction on Texas
  • Understand the effects of settlement expansion in Texas
  • Talk about the Santa Fe Trail and Buffalo Soldiers

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11 Lessons in Chapter 55: Texas Revolution, Expansion & the Civil War
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Texas Revolution: Significant Individuals, Events & Issues

1. Texas Revolution: Significant Individuals, Events & Issues

Texas is an American state today, but before that it was actually its own country. In this lesson, we'll talk about the Texas Revolution and see how the Republic of Texas came to be.

The Alamo: History & Facts

2. The Alamo: History & Facts

Missions have been built for centuries all over the world, but few have a history as meaningful as one in south Texas. This lesson will teach you about the Alamo.

Stephen F. Austin: Biography, Facts & Quotes

3. Stephen F. Austin: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Stephen F. Austin is called the 'father of Texas' for his role in establishing the first American colony in Texas. Though he served as mediator between Mexico and Texas, in time, he supported Texas independence.

General Santa Anna: Biography & Significance

4. General Santa Anna: Biography & Significance

In this lesson we'll explore the tumultuous career of General Santa Anna, the Mexican general who was also president of Mexico eleven times in the mid-nineteenth century.

Sam Houston: History, Significance & Facts

5. Sam Houston: History, Significance & Facts

Sam Houston was a leading figure in the history of Texas. He was a Texan general and president, and after the state joined the Union, he was the governor Texas and one of its first senators.

Mexican-American War: Causes, Effects & Results

6. Mexican-American War: Causes, Effects & Results

The war with Mexico almost doubled the size of the United States, and opposition to the war demonstrated the growing sectional divide in America at the time. Explore the causes of the Mexican-American War and the effects it had on the growing nation.

Texas in the Civil War: Battles & Soldiers

7. Texas in the Civil War: Battles & Soldiers

Texas was one of the states to secede from the Union during the Civil War, but its experiences were unique amongst the Southern States. In this lesson, we'll talk about Texas' role in this war and explore some major battles.

Major Effects of Reconstruction on Texas

8. Major Effects of Reconstruction on Texas

The period of Reconstruction in Texas was similar to and different from other areas of the defeated Confederacy. In this lesson you will learn about how Texas dealt with the end of the Civil War, and what the changes meant for Texans of all races.

Settlement Expansion of the Texas Frontier: Causes, Effects & Conflicts

9. Settlement Expansion of the Texas Frontier: Causes, Effects & Conflicts

Texas in the nineteenth century was defined by settlement conflicts. This lesson explores the conflicts surrounding Texas' expansion and the eventual closing of the Texan frontier.

The Santa Fe Trail: History & Facts

10. The Santa Fe Trail: History & Facts

The Santa Fe Trail was an early trade route between the eastern U.S. and the undeveloped West. It was very profitable and helped open the West. Learn about this early route in this lesson, and take a short quiz at the end.

Buffalo Soldiers: History & Facts

11. Buffalo Soldiers: History & Facts

African-Americans have fought in military conflicts since 1777. However, the Buffalo Soldiers, compromised of former slaves, freemen, and black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime.

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