Republic of Texas 1836. Formed as a separate nation after gaining independence from Mexico in 1836, the republic claimed borders that included all of the present US state of Texas as well as parts of present-day Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico based upon the Treaties of Velasco between the newly created Texas Republic and Mexico.
"Victory or Death" letter, in 2013, returned to the Alamo under police escort. Written at the Alamo by Col. William B. Travis on Feb. 24, 1836 as Santa Anna’s troops began their siege, this letter is considered a Texas treasure and one of the most stirring battleground letters in American history. For the first time since it was written, the iconic letter returned to the Alamo for exhibit from Feb. 23 to March 7, 2013. The letter will be returned to the State Archives Commission.