Back in 1835 Texas finally figured out that being part of Mexico was just not all that beneficial. That is when we decided to breakaway and go our own way and become fully independent of the Mexican government. As history goes, a war broke out and there were a lot plenty of monumental battles that ended up costing hundreds of thousands of lives. Eventually, Texas had won our independence and we became our own nation.
After Texas became independent, we had to establish our own government. Before you know it, the Republic of Texas was born. One of the first things that had to be done was become recognized as our country and establish ties with the international community. This was vital because should Mexico had ever decided to try and fight Texas again, the newly formed Republic of Texas would have the legitimate support of the United States and the international community.
The first big step in Texas being recognized as it’s own country came when on March 3, 1836 when President Andrew Jackson appointed a man named Alcee Louis la Branch as Special Ambassador to the Republic of Texas. Previously, he had served as a State Representative in Louisiana and ended up serving as Special Ambassador to Texas until 1840 when he was replaced by George Flood, who only served about a year before being removed at the change of the United States Presidency.
But by allowing Louis la Branch to serve as a Special Ambassador, Texas was officially recognized as it’s own nation and soon after, because of his ties with the French, Texas was officially recognized as a nation by them, The Netherlands and Belgium. Soon after that, it opened the door for other European nations to follow suite and begin the massive immigration to the newly formed country.
Now that we were officially recognized as our own country we did what every other country does and began establishing embassies throughout the world. Of note, Texas at one time had embassies in London, Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam and Washington, D.C.
In Washington, Texas did not have just one embassy—we had three. In general, when Texas assigned a minister to represent the newly formed country to the United States, we did not exactly establish and “embassy” as you might think. What we did was have the ministers work out of whatever boarding house they were staying at.
While it was not technically known as an “embassy,” it was officially known as a “Legation,” which has a Minister instead of an Ambassador. Besides that, there really was not much different.
Over the nine years that Texas was a nation, we sent 8 different ministers to Washington, D.C.Those Ministers included names like William H. Wharton, Memucan Hunt, Jr., William Grayson, Anton Jones, and Issac Van Zandt. These men were extremely important in helping Texas become fully recognized as a nation of our own.
These men worked extremely close with the United States government and the primary issue that they dealt with happened to be statehood.
The United States wanted to expand west and it would entirely benefit the United States if Texas were to become part of the country. Texas had initially asked for the right to become a state in 1836, but the United States government refused that because back then, the United States did not want to provoke Mexico.
During the time that the Republic of Texas maintained diplomatic ties with the United States, there were two key agreements that were worked out. The first was a payment of $11,750 for two ships that were seized by Texas forces. The second was simply establishing the border between the United States and Texas, being the Sabine River.
So, before Texas had Senators representing the state to the country, we had Ministers representing the Republic to our neighbors in America. Now you know.