Only two (2) of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence were Native Texans – Jose Antonio Navarro and Jose Francisco Ruiz. Jose Antonio Navarro was an early proponent of Texas independence. He took part in the 1812-1813 Magee, Gutierrez and Toledo resistance movements and later served as leader in the Texas Revolution. Jose Francisco Ruiz allied himself with the Texas Revolution in 1835 and traveled to Washington-on-the-Brazos in late February 1836 as a delegate to the Convention of 1836. There, on March 2, 1836, Ruiz, along with his nephew Jose Antonio Navarro, signed the Texas Declaration of Independence – the only native Texans among the fifty-nine (59) men to sign this historic document.
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