The Haden Edwards Monument at Oak Grove Cemetery in Historic Nacogdoches


Haden Edwards Monument at Oak Grove Cemetery in Historic Nacogdoches

The Haden Edwards Monument at Oak Grove Cemetery in Historic Nacogdoches

Haden Edwards was the leader of the Fredonian Rebellion and an empressario involved in the colonization of Texas. He and Stephen F. Austin received permission from the Mexican government through the colonization laws of 1824 and 1825 to settle families in Texas. Edwards grant to locate 800 families in the Nacogdoches area resulted in disputes because of previous long standing land rights held by earlier settlers. Because of these conflicts of ownership the Mexican government revoked Edwards grant in which he had invested fifty thousand dollars. Edwards, his brother Benjamin, and a group of citizens asserted the right of their claims in a confrontation with the Mexican government known as the Fredonia Rebellion, and although it was unsuccessful, this struggle was an initial proclamation of Texas Independence in which the red and white flag of the Fredonian Republic, signed by the rebels and inscribed with the words "Independence, Liberty, Justice," was raised above the Stone Fort for a brief period of time.6


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