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Old 09-18-2009, 12:56   #10
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I really enjoy your iGoogle themes and have a suggestion for another one.

As you may (or may not) remember, Texas declared its independence from Mexico on March 2,1836. Nearly everyone has heard of the Battle of the Alamo but there were other important battles as well.

One of which was the Battle of Gonzales. This was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution and was fought near the Mexican Texas town of Gonzales on October 2, 1835 between rebellious Texian (we weren’t “Texans” then) settlers and a detachment of Mexican army troops.

Four years previously, Mexican authorities had given the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. As Mexican president Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna assumed more dictatorial powers, federalists throughout the country began to protest. As the unrest spread, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales a weapon and requested its return.

When the initial request was refused, Colonel Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon; these men were ordered to use force only if necessary. They arrived near Gonzales on September 29. Colonists asked them to wait until the local alcalde (mayor) returned, and then secretly sent messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Up to 140 Texians gathered in Gonzales over the next two days, all determined not to give up the cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texians had fashioned a flag containing the phrase “Come and Take It” along with a black star and an image of the cannon which they were refusing to surrender. Although the Mexican soldiers had made no threatening moves except attempting to cross the Guadalupe River after they were told not to, on October 2 the Texians attacked and the Mexican soldiers soon withdrew to Bexar (the county in which San Antonio is now located).

Although it was minor as a military engagement, the skirmish marked a clear break between the American colonists and the Mexican government, and is considered to have been the start of the Texas Revolution. News of the skirmish spread throughout the United States, where it was often referred to as the "Lexington of Texas".

So my suggestion is an iGoogle theme similar to the “Don’t Tread on Me” theme using the "Come and Take It" motif.

The flag fashioned by those early Texians looked like this:

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