West Columbia in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Problems Facing the New Republic
The newly formed Republic of Texas faced many problems. With no credit and no resources other than land, the republic had a debt of 1.25 million dollars. Hostile Indians plagued the population. The new government appropriated $20,000 to purchase paint and tobacco as proofs of friendship toward the Indians. The army and navy were needed to protect the new republic from bands of Mexican soldiers who were still present , but there was no money to pay its members. Many soldiers and sailors came to Columbia in October of 1836 in search of payment from the newly formed government for services rendered. Citizens presented the auditor, Asa Brigham, with fifty-two claims for lost mules and horses along with destroyed cotton and tobacco crops. Despite these problems, the newly elected officials were able to tend to the business of the new republic.
Erected by Cradle of Texas Conservancy.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • War, Texas Independence.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Columbia TX 77486, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sam Houston, First President of the Republic (here, next to this marker); Members of the House of Representatives (here, next to this marker); The Capitol Buildings (here, next to this marker); Officials of the Republic (here, next to this marker); Selection of Columbia (here, next to this marker); The Runaway Scrape (here, next to this marker); Members of the Senate (here, next to this marker); General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 12, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.