Known as the "Birthplace of Anglo-American Settlement in Texas," San Felipe de Austin was named for Stephen F. Austin (the "Father of Texas"), who settled his first group of Texas colonists here in 1823. The village was home to Texas' first English-language newspaper (The Gazette, 1829), was the origin of the Texas postal system and saw the beginning of the legendary Texas Rangers. It was the site of the Conventions of 1832 and 1833, as well as the Consultation of 1835--meetings that led to Texas' Declaration of Independence. The community was razed by fire and occupied by Santa Anna's invading Mexican army in 1836, but it was restored after the Texans' victory at San Jacinto. San Felipe lies on I-10, a segment of the Ports-to-Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports. The city is a pivotal point on the Texas Pioneer Trail, which traverses a four-county area.
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