“During the period of 1519 to 1865, parts of Texas were claimed by six countries: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of america. Texian settlers launched the Texas Revolution in October 1835. The Alamo is located in San Antonio. It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and the phrase "Remember the Alamo" originated. The Alamo is considered the cradle of Texas liberty and the state's most popular historic site.
Fun Facts About Texas:
1. Captital: Austin
2. Nickname: Lone Star State
3. Motto: Friendship-The Word “Texas” comes from a word used by the Caddo Indians meaning "friends". It is friendly here...we wave, we hug, we look you straight in the eye and say, "Hi!"
4. State Flower: Bluebonnet
5. State Animal: Armadillo
6. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
7. Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.
8. Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper.
9. The worst natural disaster in United States history was caused by a hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900. Over 8000 deaths were recorded.
10. Texas possesses three of the top ten most populous cities in the United States. These towns are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
11. El Paso is closer to Needles, California than it is to Dallas.
12. More land is farmed in Texas than in any other state.
13. More species of bats live in Texas than in any other part of the United States.
14. Texas is the nation's leading producer of oil, natural gas, beef, sheep, goats, wool, cotton, rice...and, oh yes, watermelons.
15. Today, approximately 20 million people live in Texas, only slightly outnumbering its 16 million cattle. Texas today is also home for about 2.5 million deer and 200,000 alligators.
16. The land area of Texas is larger than all of New England, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois combined. Texas is 7.4% of the nation's total area. It extends 801 miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west.
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