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By Michael Scott Van Wagenen

From its earliest days of colonization, Texas sparked the mind's eye and ambition of a few of North America’s maximum leaders. Joseph Smith, the founding father of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, used to be one such guy. His curiosity in Texas coincided with the strategic target of Sam Houston, the president of the younger Texas Republic, to create a buffer area among the parts of Anglo payment and Mexico. background has before hidden how shut the targets of those males got here to carving out a Mormon state of God within the Republic of Texas.

In 1844 Smith and his fans have been obtained with political jealousy, spiritual suspicions, and distaste through their acquaintances in Nauvoo, Illinois. Smith appeared outdoor the us for either safe haven and empire. instances have been tough for Texas president Sam Houston, in addition. Texas confronted the wrath of the Comanches at the western frontier and of Santa Anna at the disputed southern border. To make concerns worse, the U.S. Congress was once balking at the annexation factor. Houston used to be determined, in debt, and searching out the help of England, France, or maybe even the Mormons. Smith appointed an envoy to the Texas Republic, and mystery negotiations begun in earnest.

According to Mormon documents, Houston agreed to promote Smith a disputed strip of land among the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. prior to the Mormon chief may perhaps take extra motion, although, he used to be murdered via a mob in Illinois. within the management succession concern that ensued, the negotiations have been abandoned.

Yet, the key negotiations can't be noticeable as a complete failure. Houston remained a chum to the Mormons all through his political occupation and used to be later instrumental in finishing the Utah conflict of 1857–58. moreover, a gaggle of Mormon settlers emigrated to the Texas Republic at the eve of statehood and have become an immense a part of the Texas cultural mosaic.

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