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TPWD News Release — March 1, 2010

New Web Site Tells Story of Texas Independence

AUSTIN — In connection with Texas Independence Day, March 2, the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association is proud to announce the launch of txindependence.org, a new Web site created in collaboration between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Blinn College.

The new Web site highlights an important part of Texas history, the convention held at Washington-on-the Brazos in 1836 when 59 elected delegates met to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico and create a new nation, The Republic of Texas.

Students can learn more about this story of Texas independence through fun and educational activities on the new Web site, designed to complement the 4th and 7th grade TEKS criteria. Students can watch an animated overview of the Independence Story, look through a timeline of notable events and take a closer look at the Texas Declaration of Independence. They can also create their own story with "Convention Comicmaker," search through a collection of primary historical sources, and play "In Washington Town," a 3-D online video game that allows students to interact with citizens in 1836.

For teachers, the site features lesson plans, TEKS correlation, activities and resources to help students learn in the classroom.

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