5 fun facts about Texas

Here are a few fun facts about the second biggest state of the Union- or biggest continental state, up to you to choose the one you like best. Just remember that everything is bigger in Texas!

  • Once upon a time, Texas was its own republic. The Congress of the Republic of Texas was established in 1836 after animosity arose between the American and Mexican residents of Texas and the Mexican government (while Texas was still part of Mexico). In February 1845 the U.S Congress passed a bill authorizing the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the Union. Riddled with debt, the Republic voted in favor of the annexation, which took place on December 29, 1845.

The independent spirit is alive and well

  • Texas is known as the Lone Star State. The nickname derives from the name of the sate flag, the Lone Star Flag, which was adopted in 1839. The single star represents all of Texas and stands for the unity of God, State and Country. The flag’s colours symbolize loyalty (blue), purity (white) and bravery (red).

  • As well as having an official state flower (bluebonnet) or tree (pecan) or mammal (armadillo and longhorn), Texas has some other more unusual official symbols and designations:
  1. State cooking implement: Dutch oven
  2. State dinosaur: Brachiosaur sauropod
  3. State tartan: Texas Bluebonnet Tartan
  4. State insect: monarch butterfly

Dinosaur Valley State Park TX

  • Texas has its own Eiffel Tower, located in the city of Paris. This one is topped with a red cowboy hat. Yeehaw!

  • Six Flags over Texas refers not only to the popular amusement park but also to the six countries that held sovereignty over a part or the whole of what is now Texas:

  1. Spain ruled most of Texas between 1519 and 1685 and from 1690 to 1821. Texas was part of the Spanish Empire.

  2. France established a short-lived colony over a chunk of the Gulf Coast between 1685 and 1690.

  3. Mexico took over the territory after its independence from Spain in 1821 until 1836.

  4. Texas was an independent republic from 1836 until 1845.

  5. When Texas joined the Union, the Star Spangled Banner flew over the land (except between 1861 and 1865.)

  6. The Confederate Flag was adopted for the duration of the Civil War (1861-1865), when Texas joined the Confederacy.

Three of the six flags that fly over Texas

About Ana O

Hi, I'm Ana. I'm originally from Argentina but I'm currently living in Dallas (USA) with my British husband. I'd like to share my experiences as an expat and as a traveller.

8 thoughts on “5 fun facts about Texas

  1. In February 1865 the U.S Congress passed a bill authorizing the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the Union. Riddled with debt, the Republic voted in favor of the annexation, which took place on December 29, 1845.

    Not in February 1865, but February 1845.

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