London, England — by Craig Hlavaty — This week Texans all over the world commemorate the Battle of San Jacinto, which occurred on April 21, 1836 near present-day Deer Park. Thousands of miles from where General Sam Houston accepted the surrender of Mexican General Santa Ana after a one-sided firefight between their two forces, there is a unique piece of history from the state’s early days as an independent country.
In London, England at 4 St James’s Street sits the building which at one time served as the site of the Embassy of Texas. From 1842 until 1845, when Texas became a state, this spot near St James’s Palace was where the Republic of Texas did business in England. Texas President Sam Houston sent Dr. Ashbel Smith, the republic’s secretary of state, to begin working on Texas’ international relationships as a sovereign country.