The Texas Declaration of Independence, signed MARCH 2, 1836, stated:
a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of
the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived...
far from being a guarantee for their inestimable and inalienable
rights, becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their
In such a crisis...the inherent and inalienable
right of the people to... take their political affairs into their own
hands... enjoins it as.... a sacred obligation to their posterity to
abolish such government,
and create another in its stead, calculated to rescue them from impending dangers, and to secure their welfare and happiness....
late changes made in the government by General Antonio Lopez de Santa
Anna, who having overturned the constitution of his country...
denies us the right of worshiping the Almighty according to the dictates of our own conscience...
has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our
defense, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to
has, through its emissaries, incited the merciless savage, with the
tomahawk and scalping knife, to massacre the inhabitants of our
It hath...exhibited every characteristic of a...corrupt, and tyrannical government...
We fearlessly and confidently commit the issue to the decision of the Supreme Arbiter of the destinies of nations."