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|Posted: Thu Sep 6th, 2007 06:46 am||
The agreement between Texas and the United States that allowed Texas to be annexed did not specifically address the right to secede from the US. Many believed that ALL states had the right to secede if they chose to, because secession was not forbidden by the Constitution. Thus, it was allowed under the 9th and 10th Amendments, etc.
See the Statehood section below.
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The agreement did contain some unusual provisions. One allowed Texas, if it chose to, to be divided into as many as five states. The prospect of ten senators from here would, no doubt, cause major heartburn in other areas of the country, especially the northeast. If ever attempted, it would surely be challenged by those who might say that the 1845 agreement no longer was applicable, since Texas chose to secede in 1861. All of that would be argued back and forth.
The agreement allowed Texas to keep its public lands. (It later ceded territory outside of its present borders to the federal government.) This was useful later as it allowed the state to control its oil reserves, though that was not imagined in 1845.
There were other unusual provisions- such as the right to fly the state flag at the same height as the US national flag. But, basically,the bottom line was that the Texas Republic was out of funds by the early 1840s. The US government assumed debts owed by the Republic of Texas as part of the deal. It also provided protection to Texans from hostile Indians, and incursions by the Mexican Government. The annexation was seen as advantageous for both parties.
Last edited on Thu Sep 6th, 2007 07:17 am by Texas Defender