Why did Texas have to give up a lot of land to become a state?
Texas was then a country and had debts. The United States paid the debts if Texas ceeded lands in dispute with other territories.
First, I think many Americans did not want to deal with a new state that would become a slave state, due to the location of Texas. Also, politicians knew that, even though Texas declared its' independence, Mexico still considered the land a part of their territory. Annexing Texas while Mexico still considered it their land would be political turmoil. However, Texas was eventually annexed, leading to the Mexican-American War.
There are SEVEN main land regions in the State of Texas: Panhandle Plains (Texas Panhandle) Big Bend Country (West Texas) Hill Country (Edward's Plateau, Central Texas) Prairies & Lakes Country (North Central to South Central Texas) Piney Woods (East Texas) South Texas Plains (Southwest Texas) Gulf Coast (Coastal Texas)
He wanted to bring the first colony to Texas. he is an agent hired (not the spy kind of agent more like businessmen) by Mexico to bring in settlers to Mexico especially from America. in exchange, Mexico would give the settlers land, but they must become Mexican citizens, follow Mexican law, and become catholic.