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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Anahuac: Turtle Bayou Resolutions Site


Drafted and signed at Turtle Bayou on June 13, 1832, the first formal protest of Texas colonists against Mexican tyranny formed an early step in events that led eventually to the Texas Revolution of 1836.


Location

  • 225 Whites Memorial Park Dr.
  • Anahuac, Texas
  • 77597

Contact

Hours & Fees

  • Turtle Bayou site is open daily in Whites Park, Anahuac. Camping is available as well.
  • Free

Map & Directions

Inside Whites Park on Turtle Bayou is an Historical Marker , just south of IH-10 on SH 61, 5 mi. north of Anahuac.


The settlers were protesting recent restrictive laws of Mexico designed to limit immigration and trade between the United States and Texas. In particular, citizens of Anahuac were enraged by unreasonable acts of Col. Juan Davis Bradburn, a local agent of the Mexican government. Alarm spread after Bradburn unjustly imprisoned several Texans, one of whom was the later Alamo hero, William B. Travis. Fighting broke out on June 9 and 12, 1832, between citizens and Bradburn's militia. Following this, the Texans met at Turtle Bayou to plan future action. Here they drew up resolutions censuring violations of Mexico's constitution by President Bustamante, encouraging resistance to his regime, and inviting all Texans to uphold the cause of civil liberty. Signers of the document, most of whom later served with valor in the 1836 Revolution and in the Republic of Texas, were John Austin, W. H. Jack, Hugh B. Johnson, Luke Lesassier, Wylie Martin, and R. M. Williamson.

 

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Read more about the Turtle Bayou Resolutions in the Handbook of Texas Online.