“Texas, our Texas! All hail the mighty State!
Texas, our Texas! So wonderful so great!”
With these words, the regional anthem of the lone star state begins. And as the song explains, Texas is mighty, wonderful and great. Keep reading to find out why!
Pin on The Map
Texas is in the south-central part of the United Sates. In the south east, the state lies on the Gulf of Mexico. Texas also lies on the Rio Grande. This river separates Texas and Mexico.
Around 30 million people live in Texas. It is the second-most populous U.S. state (after California).
Texas is also the second the largest state in area (after Alaska).The state covers around (261,231 square miles) (678,052 sq km). It is larger than any country in Europe!
.Texas has many cities. That includes, Houston, Dallas and the capital city of the state, Austin
Look in the history book
Native groups have been living in Texas for Thousands of years. This includes Atakapan, Athabaskan, and caddoan people. These tribes lived in different parts of Texas. Some groups lived by the Red River while others lived along the Gulf Coast
Six flags ….. Six Countries
In Texas, there’s a theme park called “Six flags ….. Six Countries”.
This is also a famous slogan in the state. As six nations had ruled the Region of Texas.
In the 16th century, Spain was the first European country to rule Texas. The Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca and his crew were the first European to land in Texas in 1582. Europeans brought diseases. As a result, many of the indigenous people died.
In 1685, the French explorer René-Robert Cavelier established a French colony in Texas. France’s control over the area ended in 1690 when Spain took over again.
Spain controlled Texas till the 19th century. During that time, Spain also controlled Mexico. In 1808, The Mexican War of Independence began. Mexico won and got its Independence in 1821. As a result, Texas became a part of the new nation.
4.The republic of Texas
Many Texans didn’t enjoy life under the Mexican flag. So, they started to fight to get their freedom. They wanted Texas to be a country by itself. The Texas Revolution began in 1835. There were many battles during the revolution such as The Battle of the Alamo. The revolution ended with Texans’ victory and the birth of a new country. It was called “The republic of Texas”.
5. The United States of America
Many people wanted Texas to be part of the US. On December 29, 1845, U.S. President James K. Polk made Texas the 28th US state. Mexico wasn’t happy about that decision. That led to The Mexican–American War in 1846. America won the war in 1848 and Texas remained an American state.
6. the Confederate States of America
In 1861, a civil war started in America. Northern states wanted to end slavery while seven southern states, including Texas, refused that movement. As a result, Texas joined the other six states and formed “The Confederate States of America”. The United States won the war in 1865 and Texas became an American state again.
Six flags Flew over Texas, but only the American flag stood the test of time and stayed high over the southern land.
Tour around the city
1. Big Bend National Park
If you head west in Texas, you will find this mesmerizing 801,163 -acre- park. Big bend was officially a national park on June 12, 1944. It’s a home to many species of plants, mammals, reptiles and birds.
The park took its name from its location. As it lies on a big bend in the Rio Grande River.
Some people enjoy hiking, biking or fishing in the area. While adventure seekers love taking river trips or riding horses there.
2. NASA’s Johnson Space Center
Texas isn’t all about rivers and mountains. The state has gone beyond that….. Way beyond. In 1960s, NASA founded Johnson Space Center in Houston. The center controlled many space missions such as Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo–Soyuz, and Space Shuttle missions. And a lot of astronauts trained there before flying to other worlds.
Visitors can see space crafts, robots and mission control rooms in this awe-inspiring site.
3. The San Antonio Missions
If you want to take a tour in the history of Texas, you should visit “The five missions”, which lie along the San Antonio River. The missions are (The Alamo, San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada). Spain built these missions which became very popular in the 18th century.
The Alamo is the most famous spot of the five missions. The famous fortress witnessed the Battle of Alamo, which played a vital role in the independence of Texas.
In 2015, UNESCO announced that the sites will join the World Heritage List.
Take a bite
“Good things come to those who wait”
This saying is true when it comes to barbecue brisket. It could take more than 9 hours to be ready but it’s worth the waiting. Barbecue brisket is one of the most famous dishes in Texas. It’s even considered by some people to be “the National Dish of Texas”
Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. It’s seasoned and slow smoked for hours over wood. Then, the juicy piece of meat is rested and served with sauce, onions and pickles.
Fun fact about the city
Texan Bugs bunny?!
Tex Avery was the animator who came up with the famous catchphrase “what’s up, Doc?”. The artist said that he got this phrase from his home state, Texas.
Could the most famous rabbit in the world be from Texas? Who knows?