"San Antonio Fiesta". We celebrate Fiesta to honor the people of the Alamo and San Jacinto, whom fought for our freedom from Mexico. We gain our Independence and became the Republic of Texas (we did not join the U.S. till later)
Sam Houston - President of the Republic of Texas formed in 1836. In the midst of the Texas Revolution, Texan settlers elected delegates to the Convention of 1836, which issued the Texas Declaration of Independence and elected David G. Burnet as interim president of the new country. In May 1836 Burnet and Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna, who was at the time a Texan prisoner-of-war, signed the Treaties of Velasco officially recognizing Texas's break from Mexico.