23 Sep

November 17 – The Republic and the Empire

How to be an independent nation in the 1850s: be recognized by Great Britain

As we heard from Andrew Torget last season, the Republic of Texas struggled to be recognized by Great Britain, and that struggle hampered the Republic’s ability to maintain itself as a sovereign nation. Brandice Nelson, Map Curator of Texas General Land Office, joins us to explore Texan attempts to be recognized as a legitimate country by Great Britain, and how those diplomatic failures contributed to Texas’ annexation and statehood.

Sixty years after the start of the Revolutionary War, the eyes of Great Britain were trained further west in North America. The Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819 doubled US-owned territory on the continent, but also defined the boundary of New Spain.  New Spain would cease to exist with the end of the Mexican War of Independence, and Mexico would in turn lose control of the Texan province.  Far from being a passive observer to this series of upheavals, however, Britain’s political and economic interests were tightly interwoven with the future of Texas. The new republic required recognition by major European powers to avoid insolvency. The resulting relationship between the republic of Texas and the growing empire of Great Britain would change the historical trajectories of both entities, and have a direct effect on Texas’ annexation to the United States.

Join us and Ms. Nelson at the Neill-Cochran House Museum at 2:00 pm on November 17, 2019. Complimentary refreshments provided. Presentation begins at 2:30 pm.

Admission is $10 to the general public, $5 to students with valid ID, and free to members of the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum. Space is limited; while tickets are available at the door, we encourage patrons to register online.

Parking is available free to patrons in the museum lot located off of 23rd street between San Gabriel and Leon.

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About the Speaker

Brandice Nelson has been curator of the map collection in Archives and Records at the Texas General Land Office since 2017. Brandice graduated from Baylor University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in history, and again in 2016 with a master’s degree in museum studies. She has co-curated several exhibits with the GLO, including Mapping Texas at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, and Connecting Texas: 300 Years of Trails, Rails, and Roads at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. In addition to her work at the GLO, she is also involved in several local nonprofit organizations, and is a member of the Texas Map Society.