Originally Posted by Ancientgeezer
Would, could, Texas have made it as an Independent State after 1845?
Good question and there is no hard yes or no answer.
-Texas had lots and lots of cheap land for sale, three times
cheaper than the price in the US, but it was going to take time
to set up an infrastructure.
-Texas, like any new nation, was beginning her life in debt and with
Mexico always an issue and Indian problems, something had to be done.
President Sam Houston wanted peaceful relations with the Amerindians
and peace was had for awhile. He did not want a large standing army,
the Texas Congress had wanted 40,000 men at the ready, but Houston
wanted Texas Ranger units & the militia to control the natives.
-Texas did get France and England to recognize her independence in hopes
of reducing her $12 million debt via trade.
-Texas' population grew about seven thousand per year and with the influx
European immigrants, the future looked better.
-Money was very tight and Texas was constantly looking for ways
to establish a national bank, land polices and other bureaucratic means
to raise money, or save, even in reducing the size of her navy.
-In the end, Texas found out that it takes time and better natural resources
such as rivers, timber, etc. than she had, to sustain a country. Annexation
seemed the natural course to take after ten years of being a young nation.
It was kind of like having your child move out, then come home after seeing
it's a lot of trouble being on your own.