Near Anahuac in Chambers County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Turtle Bayou Resolutions
Near site of the signing of
Drafted and signed at Turtle Bayou on June 13, 1832; this first formal protest of Texas colonists against Mexican tyranny formed an early step in events that led eventually to the Texas Revolution of 1836.
The settlers were protesting recent restrictive laws of Mexico designed to limit immigration and trade between the United States and Texas, passed because Mexico feared losing Texas to the U.S.
In particular, citizens of Anahuac were enraged by unreasonable acts of Col. Juan Davis Bradburn, a local agent of the Mexican government. Alarm spread after Bradburn unjustly imprisoned several Texans, one of whom was William B. Travis, later Alamo hero.
Fighting broke out on June 9 and 12, 1832, between citizens and Bradburn's militia. Following this, the Texans met at Turtle Bayou to plan future action. Here they drew up resolutions censuring violations of Mexico's constitution by President Bustamante, encouraging resistance to his regime, and inviting all Texans to uphold the cause of civil liberty.
Signers of the document, most of whom later served with valor in the 1836 Revolution and in the Texas Republic, were John Austin, W. H. Jack, Hugh B. Johnson, Luke Lesassier, Wylie Martin, and R. M. Williamson.
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee
Location. 29° 50.266′ N, 94° 39.198′ W. Marker is near Anahuac, Texas, in Chambers County. Marker is on White Park Road 0.3 miles west of Texas Highway 61, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Anahuac TX 77514, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chambers County Youth Project Show (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Old Wallisville (approx. 5 miles away); Mission Nuestra Señora de la Luz (approx. 5 miles away); Joseph Blancpain's French Trading Post (approx. 5 miles away); Mission Nuestra Senora de la Luz del Orcoquisac and Presidio San Agustin de Ahumada (approx. 5 miles away); Anahuac Oil and Gas Field (approx. 5.2 miles away); Fort Anahuac (approx. 6 miles away); Robert McAlpin Williamson (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anahuac.
Also see . . .
1. Turtle Bayou Resolutions in Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 15, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Turtle Bayou Resolutions in the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on October 15, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Turtle Bayou Resolutions In the Texas State Library & Archives. (Submitted on October 15, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
Categories. • War, Texas Independence •
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