How Texas Began
Many people believe that Texas started with the Battle of the Alamo where a group of American colonists fought to their death to free their colonies from the rule of Mexico. A massacre that led to the subsequent Battle of San Jacinto, where the outnumbered “Texians” defeated a superior Mexican Army in less than twenty minutes and won their independence.
Although well known these battles mark the final chapter in the story of how America's Texas began, which actually occurred some sixteen years earlier when two men who had not seen each other in over twenty years, recognized one another in a crowded town plaza and struck up a conversation.
One of these men was Moses Austin, father of Stephen F. Austin, a familiar name associated with the settlement of early Texas. The other was Philip Hendrik Nering Bögel also known as the Baron de Bastrop, a name very few will recognize. But without the ingenious skills of this one man, the Texas we know today probably wouldn’t exist.
It was an instant in time but a critical moment in Texas history when a chance meeting set into motion the American colonization of the Spanish state known as “Tejas” and helped to shape it into a land for which these colonists where willing to lay down their lives sixteen years later at those epic battles. The prequel to the Alamo story. The day America's Texas began.
"The absence of the Baron de Bastrop, his ignorance of my father's character and standing or his indifference to the success or failure of the colony, would have defeated the whole project."
- Stephen F. Austin -
We hope you enjoy this never-before-produced video presentation that captures the significant moment in time when two icons of Texas history met and kicked-off the Lone Star State.