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ERA OF FILIBUSTERS.
TO understand the events that during this era hap-
pened in Texas, a knowledge of the state of affairs
in Mexico and the United States is necessary.
Mexico.-At this time Spain was in a most deplor-
able condition. Now under the heel of Napoleon, now ris-
ing against his tyranny, now at war with herself, now for
a time blotted out from the catalogue of nations - that
she had no time to attend to her possessions in the New
World is evident. The Mexicans, on their part, were
weary of Spanish rule, and desired independence. They
could not ask for a more favorable time. As is ever the
case, many martyrs were offered on liberty's altar before
definite results were reached. The first general revolution
(1809-1810), which was led by the gentle scholar and
priest, Hidalgo (e-dl'go), was opposed by the great mass of
the priesthood. The revolution failed; the brave Hidalgo
was executed. In the course of time, Spain called a
new junta, which passed certain laws, making sweeping
changes in many matters that concerned the priests.
This caused the holy fathers to go over to the side of
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Pennybacker, Anna J. Hardwicke. A new history of Texas for schools : also for general reading and for teachers preparing themselves for examination, book, 1895; Palestine, Tex.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2388/m1/45/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .