The Texas Revolution is remembered as a blow for freedom.
What is often forgotten is that many Texan Americans were southerners who owned slaves.
In fact, Mexico’s antislavery policy was one of the irritants that provoked the revolution. When Mexico abolished slavery in 1829, an outcry from Texans forced Mexico to take back the decree.
In 1830, Mexico tried other measures to keep control of Texas, including limiting immigration, levying import taxes, and forbidding the slave trade.
The new attempts to crack down on the “peculiar institution” of slavery only made Texans more rebellious.