- from Westward Expansion
It’s been three months since your family moved to Texas. More and more people come to town every day. When a new wagon rolls past your house, you and your sister run after it. You try to guess who might be inside.
Maybe it’s a family from Missouri, where you’re from. If they’re from Mexico, the kids might help you practice your Spanish. You might even meet some French kids, or a family from Switzerland!
Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. After that, the new Mexican government had control over a lot of the Southwest. That included Texas. Mexico's leaders wanted more citizens to move to Texas. So they gave people land in Texas to get them to go. People from other places also came to this new frontier. By 1830, thousands of Mexicans, Americans, and Europeans had built homes and towns in Texas.