A couple of weeks ago, my neighbor called me up to see if the kids and I wanted to go to the Fort Bend County Museum and the Morton Cemetery in Richmond, Texas. After about half a second of thinking, I replied, "Yes!" [How cool of a Cajun neighbor do I have?] We all had a great time touring historic homes that contained many beautiful antiques. The little museum was a pleasant surprise in this sleepy town. From the outside you'd never imagine what is packed inside of it. Between the museum, the historic homes, and the Morton Cemetery, I took a ton of pictures [and we didn't even tour all of the homes in Richmond]. Some pictures are of official registered landmarks and some tell an important part of our Texas history. There are so many to share that I've broken them down into more "easily-digested" pieces. Plus, I'll share the tombstone and cemetery pictures on my companion blog, "Family Stories in Stone." [I've already shared some here.]
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Pictured above is a diagram of the migrations of the "Old 300" to Texas. Some came by land, and some came by sea [or, rather, by the Gulf Of Mexico]. No matter which way they came, it was a rough ride, and when they got here, they found a very unforgiving land [as the first German immigrants would find out approximately 20 years later]. Also, pictured here is a diorama of what the colonists would've brought with them when coming via the Gulf of Mexico.
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Uh, no. When Austin and his father came to what is now known as Texas, Spain was running the show. Then in 1821, Mexico, tired of being ruled by a monarchy that was too far away to understand its day-to-day problems [a common theme in history, I might add], fought and won its independence from Spain. Of course, Mexico's problems with Spain would later mirror the problems that Tejas would have with Mexico's government [but I'm getting ahead of myself and all that's for a later post...]. Now, back to our first colonists: it was part of the land grant deal that they become naturalized citizens of Mexico. I'd imagine with the wide-open spaces, the sizes of & cheap prices of the land grants combined with the long distance of the Mexican government all helped to make becoming a Mexican citizen not that big of a deal. However, that long distance from their government would later become a seed of resentment that would help to grow problems that led to an all-out bloody fight for independence. [More on that later...]
Texas Historical Commission's Texas Online Handbook
Fort Bend Museum Association