The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986 Page: 34
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
frustration regarding the role of Texas in the Mexican republic, the
memorial signaled a departure from the more conservative behavior of
the Bexar leadership in the 182os. The fact that the grievances were
penned at the direct urging of Austin and other Anglo leaders re-
flected the consonance of Tejano concerns with those of the Anglos at
this stage of the Texas drama. The tenor of the memorial evinced a
strong desire for local autonomy, with the implied goal of eventual inde-
pendent statehood. Finally, the Bexar Memorial represented the high-
water mark in Texas's attempt to remain loyal to the Mexican nation.
After 1832, relations between the Mexican government and the
Anglo-American colonists deteriorated in an atmosphere of alleged
despotism, mutual suspicion, and deepening hostility. The Tejanos of
Bexar were caught in the middle of a crisis that they had not created
and could not control. The rush of events of the mid- 183os further iso-
lated the Bexarefios from Mexico and Anglo Texas alike. Finally, the
great hopes that Bexarefios had nurtured for so long went up in the
smoke of the Texas Revolution. Though many Tejanos ultimately sided
with the revolutionaries against Santa Anna, the independence move-
ment not only wrested fortune from their hands but also left them out-
siders in their own land. Thus the Tejanos of San Antonio de Bxar
were forced to seek their destiny on the margin of a new Texas society.
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