Austro - Texan relations
Map indicating locations of Austrian Empire and Republic of Texas

Austria - Republic of Texas relations relations refers to the historical foreign relations between the Republic of Texas and the Austrian Empire. Relations started around 1840, when the Austrian Empire began to trade a small amount of goods with Texas. Relations effectively ended in 1846 upon the annexation of Texas by the United States.

Austrian recognition of Texan IndependenceEdit

Austria recognized Texas' independence from Mexico, but never decided to start full-scale diplomatic relations; neither nation established an embassy in the other's country.


Trade between the two nations was minimal. Very few if any Austrian goods were shipped to Texan ports, and Texas exported only one main trade good to the Austrian Empire, namely cotton,[1], which was a necessity for the many textile factories in Vienna.[2]

Czech migration to TexasEdit

Czechoslovakia did not gain independence from Austria until 1918; before then, life for the Czechs was not easy, with frequent expulsions largely due to anti-Slavism[3] and the fact that most Czechs belonged to Protestant churches and the monarchy of Austria was Roman Catholic.[4] Many Czechs looked to the New World for freedom from oppression and regarded Texas as a land of opportunity, though the number of Texan Czechs would remain a very low percentage of the population for years to come.[5]

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