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American empresario Stephen Austin, a.k.a. “the father of Texas,” created the first Anglo American colony in the Tejas region of Mexico, later to become Texas.
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Stephen Austin was born on November 3, 1793, in Austinville, Virginia. In 1821, Austin took over his father’s colonization of the Tejas region of Mexico. He was met with opposition from the newly independent Mexican government, but hoped to work things out within that system. When the Texas Revolution broke out, he was forced to support Texas’s independence. He died on December 27, 1836, in Austin, Texas.
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