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San Felipe in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

San Felipe de Austin

San Felipe de Austin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, April 28, 2018
1. San Felipe de Austin Marker
Inscription.  First Anglo-American capital of Texas. Came into being on July 26, 1828, as capital of the Austin Colony, by decree of the Mexican government. Father of Texas Stephen F. Austin had begun under the 1821 grant from Mexico the settlement of more than 1,000 families. The original colony ran from the coast on the south to the old San Antonio Road on the north, and from the Lavaca River on the west to the San Jacinto River on the east. In this first American town in Texas lived Austin, William Barret Travis, Sam Houston, David G. Burnet and Jane Long.

All settlers crossed its threshold for land grants. After the organization of other colonies, this continued to be the recognized center of Texas. It was capital of the Mexican Department of Brazos, site of the Conventions of 1832 and 1833 and the Consultation of 1835 where Texans aired grievances and tried to reach understanding with Mexico. The provisional government created with Henry Smith as governor in 1835 functioned here until it gave way to the convention declaring Texas independent of Mexico on March 2, 1836.
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical
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Commission. (Marker Number 4536.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence.
Location. 29° 46.774′ N, 96° 6.463′ W. Marker is in San Felipe, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 1458 0.2 miles north of Interstate 10, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sealy TX 77474, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frydek Catholic Cemetery (approx. one mile away); San Felipe de Austin Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); San Felipe United Methodist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); J.J. Josey General Store (approx. 2 miles away); A Town Hall (approx. 2 miles away); Stephen F. Austin's Cabin (approx. 2 miles away); Early Roads To San Felipe (approx. 2 miles away); Stephen Fuller Austin (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Felipe.
Also see . . .  San Felipe de Austin - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 30, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Jun. 1, 2020