The First Texas Independence

Martin Parmer

Martin Parmer and the Republic of Fredonia.

On December 21, 1826, Martin Parmer and a group of East Texas men—fed up with government in the region—declared their independence from Mexico. They named their new country The Independent Republic of Fredonia. It was short-lived. Mexican troops and Texian militia put down the rebellion and forced its leaders to flee. Parmer went to Louisiana but was pardoned a few years later. He helped form the Republic of Texas and participated in the successful revolution in 1836. After his death, Parmer was buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.

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