I just read this on Wikipedia:
Originally Posted by "Wikipedia"
Internal politics of the Republic were based on the conflict between two factions. The nationalist faction, led by Mirabeau B. Lamar advocated the continued independence of Texas, the expulsion of the Native Americans, and the expansion of Texas to the Pacific Ocean. Their opponents, led by Sam Houston, advocated the annexation of Texas to the United States and peaceful coexistence with Native Americans.
Everyone knows "Sam Houston" (at least in Texas)... but who the hell is Mirabeau B. Lamar?!? He was the one that was gung-ho for Texas being a Republic... So, as history would have it, we remember the guy who was for Texas being part of the U.S.
I was born & raised in Texas. Lived here most of my life (with a 4-year term in Oklahoma). But, I don't think Texas is "The BEST" or anything like that. I mean, sure, I'm very fond of my state. But, other states have their own aspects for which to be proud. In that quote above, we see that the leader of the nationalists faction (those "Republic of Texans"
, also were for removing the Native Americans from Texas. That really pisses me off, and is definitely not something to be proud of.