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Texas is the second biggest state in the United States in terms of area and population. Spanish missionaries were the first settlers from Europe to set foot in Texas. In 1718, they founded San Antonio. Because of the aggressive natives and the overall isolation from other Spanish colonies, Texas remained scarcely populated. It stayed that way until after the Revolutionary War and the War of Mexican Independence.

That time, the newly-founded Mexican government started to permit settlers from the United States to get land there. This made way to a population explosion. However, it significantly reduced the Mexican population. It caused a tension with the Mexico City government. Following a series of smaller revolts, the Texas Revolution commenced, and the state has become a self-governing nation in 1835.

Nevertheless, the recently formed Texas Republic was not able to defend itself from following incursions by the Mexican troops. Eventually, they negotiated with the United, ultimately leading them to join the union in 1845.

Capital : Austin

Population : Approximately 27 million as of 2016

Year Founded : December 29, 1845

Flag:

The flag of Texas was adopted when it became the 28th state of the country in 1845. The blue found in the flag also resembles the essence the blue that can be found in the flag of the U.S. It stands for loyalty, while the white signifies strength. The red stands for bravery.

Annual Gross State Product : $1.648 trillion

Ethnic Groups in The State :  White American, African American, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander, Hispanic

Main Industries and Source of Income : Information and Technology, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Energy, Farming, Steel, Banking, Tourism, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Construction, Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services, Manufacturing, Leisure and Hospitality, Education and Health Services

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Historical Landmarks :

Apollo Mission Control Center

Alamo

Bastrop State Park

Fort Sam Houston

Dealey Plaza Historic District, ELISSA (Bark), East End Historic District, Fort Concho, Fort Brown, Fort Richardson,, John Nance Garner House, HA. 19 (Midget Submarine), Governor’s Mansion, Hangar 9, Brooks Air Force Base, Lyndon Baines Johnson Boyhood Home, USS Lexington, Jose Antonio Navarro House Complex, Palmito Ranch Battlefield, Palo Alto Battlefield, Walter C. Porter Farm, Presidio Nuestra Senora De Loreto De La Bahia, Roma Historic District, Resaca De La Palma Battlefield

Tourist Destinations:

Sixth Floor Museum

Space Center Houston

Big Bend National Park

Moody Gardens

Caverns of Sonora

Santa Elena Canyon

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Dallas Museum of Art, San Antonio River Walk, Texas State Capitol, Padre Island National Seashore, Palo Duro Canyon, Hueco Tanks State Park, Cascade Caverns, Medina River, Caddo Lake, Devil’s Waterhole, Cattail Falls, Willow City Loop, Blue Lagoon,  Gorman Falls

Modes of Transportation: Highways, Airports (DFW Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport), Ports (Port of Houston), Railroads (METRORail, Capital MetroRail, DART)

Notable Personalities: Bill Paxton (Actor), Miranda Lambert (Singer), Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State), Beyoncé Knowles (Musician), Debbie Reynolds (Actress), Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S. President), Tom Ford (Designer), Stephen Stills (Musician), Don Henley (Singer/Drummer), Alexis Bledel (Actress), Patrick Swayze (Actor), Matthew McConaughey (Actor), Melinda Gates (Philanthropist), Dakota Johnson (Actress), Willie Nelson (Songwriter), Renee Zellweger (Actress), Dan Rather (News Anchor), Simone Manuel (Swimmer), Michael Sam (Football Player), Kris Kristofferson (Singer), Eva Longoria (Actress), Meat Loaf (Actor), Roy Orbison (Singer), Roy Orbison (News Anchor), Steve Martin (Comedian), Michael Strahan (Host), Kelly Clarkson (Singer), Jim Parsons (TV Actor), Jeb Bush (Business Leader), Howard Hughes (Producer), Michael Johnson (Athlete), George Foreman (Boxer), Kenny Rogers (Singer), Carol Burnett (Actress), Anna Nicole Smith (Reality TV Star), Jeff Dunham (Comedian), Selena Gomez (Singer), Janis Joplin (Singer), Owen Wilson (Actor)

Description

Texas is a U.S. State and the second largest state out of the 50 states. It is located in the country’s south central part and shares borders with Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The city of Houston is the most populous city in Texas, and the fourth largest in the entire country. Meanwhile, San Antonio ranks second in the state of Texas  and seventh in the nation in terms of the most populous city. The state of Texas is also called as the “Lone Star State”, signifying its previous status as a self-governing republic. It also serves as a reminder of Texas’ struggle for freedom from Mexico.

In addition, the term “six flags over Texas” is referring to the different countries that have controlled the territory. Included in these countries are Spain, France and Mexico. Texas was a slave state before the American Civil War. However, the state declared its withdrawal from the United States in the early parts of 1861. It officially joined the Confederate States of America on March 2 later that year. Also, following the Civil War and the recuperation of its representation in the federal government, the state of Texas has entered a long epoch of economic inaction.

An industry in Texas that flourished after the Civil War was the cattle business. Because of its long and rich history as the heart of the industry, Texas is linked with the cowboy image. However, the economic riches of the state dramatically changed in the early 20th century, when the discoveries of oil started an economic boom. Later in the mid-20th century, Texas developed an expanded economy and cutting-edge technology. As of 2010, the state of Texas shared the top spot with California with the top of the list of the most Fortune 500 companies. Both states have 57. Texas leads in many industries, thanks to a growing base of industry.

Interesting Facts About Texas

  • The nickname of Texas is the “Lone Star State”
  • Alamo is located in San Antonio. It was the site where the defenders of Texas succumbed to Mexican General Santa Anna. It was where the phrase “Remember the Alamo” came from.
  • The state bird of Texas is the mockingbird
  • The state tree is Pecan
  • The state motto is “Friendship”
  • The state flower of Texas is the Bluebonnet
  • There are more wools originating in Texas than any other states combined
  • Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845
  • Texas also has the largest herd of whitetail deer in the entire country
  • The only natural lake in Texas is the Caddo lake
  • Dell and Compaq are from Texas, which give the state the monicker “the SiliconValley of the South”