De Zavala Plaza
Born in Yucatan and educated in the seminary of Ildefonso, De Zavala was an Ardent Liberal who was jailed 1814-1817 for political activities. In prison he learned English and became a medical doctor. In 1821 he was a member of the Cortes in Madrid, Spain, and later was Governor of a province of Mexico.
After Mexico won independence from Spain, he kept working for Democratic reforms. Loyal to the 1824 Constitution of Mexico, he opposed dictator Santa Anna, and moved to Texas to seek freedom. On March 2, 1836 he signed Texas' Declaration of Independence. Later he signed the Republic of Texas Constitution.
Married twice, he had six children. The family honored his memory by keeping alive his ideals after his early death. The Legislature of Texas in 1858 named Zavala County in his honor.
Lorenzo de Zavala, many of his descendants, and some of their neighbors and friends were interred in the De Zavala family cemetery, on the plantation across Buffalo Bayou from this site. This plaza is dedicated to the memory of Vice President De Zavala, his family, and others buried in De Zavala Cemetery
Nearby associated marker
Persons Known to Have Been Buried in De Zavala Cemetery
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee.
Location. 29° 45.2′ N, 95° 5.383′ W. Marker is in La Porte, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on PR 1836 East, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies The Twin Sisters (within shouting distance of this marker); San Jacinto Battleground Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Issaac L. Jaques (about 300 feet away); Site of Surrender of Santa Anna (about 400 feet away); First Marine Division (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S.S. Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Jacinto Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lynchburg Town Ferry (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Porte.
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Texas Independence •
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