What would become the Republic of Texas traces her history back to the time of the Spanish Empire and Louisiana Purchase America. The United States was expanding west after purchasing much of North America from France, and the Spanish were having problems controlling New Spain. The locals wanted independence, the French thought they could conquer it, and the Americans thought they had bought much of it from France. And the Indians lived there and didn’t want anybody invading their lands. That made the frontier region that would become Texas a rather difficult area to settle and control for any single nation. And it helped to create the frontier culture that would define the region for centuries.