The links directly below are sub headings in "The Mint Branches Out" chapter.
From the earliest colonial times, rugged pioneers had been drawn to the vast expanses of America's frontier.
By 1820, most of the nation east of the Mississippi River had been organized into states.
The Americans in Texas protested against what they perceived to be a violation of their individual rights.
As tensions escalated over the next several years, the Mexicans responded by sending more troops.
Under Austin's extraordinary organizational skills, the colony prospered.
Soon, many thousands of Americans flowed into the territory, attracted by the rich farm soil and the generous land grant policy of the Mexican government.
In an attempt to curtail American influence in Texas, Mexico closed the border to immigration from the United States, imposed taxes on the importation of American goods, and restated that slavery on Mexican lands was prohibited.