'Come And Take It'
Those were the daring words when the Lone Star of Texas was flown over a cannon barrel in Gonzales in 1835.
The challenge referred to a small, brass cannon that Mexico had issued to Texans for defense against Native Americans. Mexico wanted the cannon returned and it wanted the upstart Texans to submit to governmental rule. In December 1835, Texans fought at San Antonio de Bexar under a flag sewn by Sarah Dodson, who made the banner for her husband and his fighting compatriots.
At the Battle of Goliad in December 1835, volunteers from Georgia arrived waving a white silk flag stitched by Joanna Troutman, an 18 year old Georgian who had never been to Texas. Her flag featured a blue, five point star with the words "LIBERTY OR DEATH" inscribed beneath the star. On February 13, 1913, the Texas Legislature named her the "Betsy Ross of Texas" for her Lone Star flag. In May 1836, the "Lorenzo de Zaval flag" was adopted as the banner for the fledgling Republic of Texas. It featured a blue background with a centered white star circled by the letters T-E-X-A-S. Later that same year, on December 10, the Republic opted for a different flag. The "David G. Burnet flag" also featured a blue background, but with a gold, five-point star in the center. Neither flag gained support from the citizens. finally, on January 25, 1839, the Third Congress of the Republic officially accepted a flag designed by Dr. Charles Stewart. That Lone Star flag of the Republic still waves today over the Lone Star State.
CollectInTexas Gal's Lone Star Gallery features Photographs taken by this Girl Raised In Texas...GRIT...of The Lone Star of Texas, plus People, Places and All Things Texan.
The Lone Star Gallery is listed under the CollectInTexas Gal Header.
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Texas is known as the 'Friendship State', and the Lone Star is a symbol of 'Friendship'.
So,Ya'll are welcome to 'Come and Take' this GRIT's photographs...no brass cannon attached...but I'd appreciate a 'ShoutOut'.