Gone to Texas: The Story of the Texas Empresarios

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After watching two educational films about Texas history, young settlers create a T chart listing the pros and cons of renouncing their American citizenship, converting to Catholicism, and moving to a Texas colony under the Empresario program of the 1820s and 1830s.

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Instructional Ideas

  • The activity could be adapted as a way of studying the history of any state
  • Use in a lesson on the Alamo or when studying the Battle of San Jacinto
Classroom Considerations

  • The Our Texas Heritage video film includes archival film footage and reenactments of events in early Texas history
  • Learners should have prior knowledge of how Mexico won its independence from Spain, of Mexico's Empresario program, and of the causes and results of the Texas Revolution
  • Designed for use with Texas students
Pros

  • Asks participants to weigh the pros and cons of resettlement
Cons

  • The referenced worksheet is not included in the resource packet