The Great State of Texas

By Dani Fine

History and Contribution

Texas has provided many things for this country—a sense of freedom, country music, countless celebrities, authors, military bases, etc etc. It's growing each and every day, currently holding a population of around 26.96 million.


With the sense of safety and homeness radiating from the large area, sometimes, I think we forget what this special state has gone through just to become what it is today.


It was just 1718 when San Antonio, Texas was founded by the first settlers, a group of Spanish missionaries. After a while, the residents began to let some the U.S. residents claim land there, and soon, Texas was one of the most populated areas of the U.S.


Though, not everyone liked this. Eventually, some people got fed up and began a revolution, more and more people joining in the rebellious behavior every day. By 1835, Texas was an independent nation, separated from the U.S.


Alas, trouble found Texas once more. Mexican troops began attacking the nation, and since Texas was now all on their own, they were unable to properly defend themselves. After a bit of negotiation with the U.S., they finally decided to join the union in 1845.


Viola, the state of Texas was born.

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The Lone Star State Flag

Texas' flag is unique because, unlike the other states, the star does not stand for the state itself, or it's previous status in the country. The 'Lone Star' on the lone star state flag represents a single person. Each point symbolizes the characteristics of a good person: fortitude, loyalty, righteousness, prudence, and broadmindedness.

Famous People From Texas

There's no doubt that Texas has given birth to pure talent, but do you realize just who from Texas have made their name known?


Owen Wilson, 47, is a well-known comedic actor who was born to the beloved city of Dallas, Texas. You might have caught a glimpse of him in some of his best movies— Zoolander, Night At The Museum (1&2), The Internship, and many more. Or, possibly, you might have shed a tear for him during the unforgettable production of Marley & Me?


Woody Harrelson, at the growing age of 55, is also a well known actor, but he had the privilege of being born to the city of Midland, Texas. He's appeared in countless movies like Zombieland, White Men Can't Jump, Hunger games (1,2,3A & 3B), and many others that you have probably seen.


Did you know that even Beyonce was born in Texas? And she wasn't the only one, either. Other singers like Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, Machine Gun Kelly, and many more were home-grown in the one and only Lone Star State.


Even some of own presidents were born in Texas. Lyndon Johnson, the 36th president, and also the 37th vice president of the United States of America was born in Stonewall, Texas. Also, Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States of America was born to the town of Denison, Texas.

Fun Facts

  • Texas' abbreviated symbol is 'TX'.
  • It's capital is Austin, but yet it's largest city is Houston. Weird, huh?
  • Texas covers 268,840 square miles of the United States.
  • It's population in 2014 was around 26.96 million.
  • The residents call themselves Texans.
  • It's nickname is 'The Lonestar State'
  • Texas has a single-word motto: Friendship. Kind of ironic when they wanted to pull away from the US.
  • Just like every other state, they do have a state song. It's called 'Texas, our Texas'.
  • Texas' state bird is the Northern Mockingbird.
  • The state flower is a Blue Bonnet.
  • The state tree is the Pecan Tree.

Economy

  • Texas is one of the biggest suppliers for Oil in the USA. Striking oil way back when had produces millions of gallons of the valuable tar-like oil for decades. Along with that, each region has contributed to the state's economic development.
  • Cotton and cattle production have influenced Texas' economy greatly, bringing a new form of production into their sights with new technologies to go with it. This has lead to ranching becoming a common job in the state.
  • In the last 30 years, more and more people have been moving to Texas, boosting the economy and job-count sky high.
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Location

Texas is location down south, right against the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican/American border. It's in the Southern region, and is bordered by the states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.


Texas's physical features are a mix of a lot of things; There are areas of flat, dry plains, areas of basins, and even areas of mountains. Though, since it is very dry, you don't see much water.