The United States annexed Texas after years of debate. In this mini-lesson, students learn about Texas’ independence from Mexico, the role of slavery in delaying Texas’ admission, and the sneaky way President Tyler pushed annexation through in the final hours of his presidency. 


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  • Illustrate the boundary claimed by the Republic of Texas after its independence from Mexico.
  • Depict the Texas boundary defined by Spain in 1805.
  • Draw the Santa Fe Trail.
  • Use compass directions, lines of latitude, and meridians to draw features on a map.


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