While I was exploring the streets of London, I noticed something interesting on the side of a building. It was a plaque indicating that the building used to be a consulate for the Republic of Texas.

The Texas authorities convinced that they might have to carry on as an independent nation, decided to establish commercial relations with European powers and so strengthen their position. Accordingly, James Pinckney Henderson, secretary of state, was sent to London early in October 1837 to open negotiations with Lord Palmerston.

The British were fearful that recognition would jeopardize their friendly standing with Mexico and declined to enter into formal relations; they did consent, however, to admit Texas commerce to British ports on their own terms.  France was the first country to recognize Texas as a country.

European powers were not inclined to enter into any formal agreements since the continued existence of Texas was doubtful in the face of renewed conversations on annexation to the United States.  In 1844, Congress agreed to annex Texas and in 1845, Texas entered the United States thus setting off the Mexican-American War.

It was very interesting to explore historical areas when you travel.  Having lived in Texas for a short while, I thought this was very interesting.

Shane is a retired Navy Chief and a former Deputy Sheriff. He now works in the aviation field ensuring the safety of the flying public. The views expressed here are his own personal views and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer.

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