The song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” refers to a mulatto slave named Emily West Morgan, who reportedly helped Texas win the Texas Revolution. Owned by Texas Col. James Morgan, Morgan was captured by the Mexican army and held hostage by General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Forced to spend the day satisfying the General, he forgot to warn his Mexican army about the Texas soldiers, thus getting caught by surprise and losing the Battle of San Jacinto
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Republic of Texas 1836. Formed as a separate nation after gaining independence from Mexico in 1836, the republic claimed borders that included all of the present US state of Texas as well as parts of present-day Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico based upon the Treaties of Velasco between the newly created Texas Republic and Mexico.