Texas became an independent nation called the Republic of Texas in 1836. Texas attempted to negotiate several times in the act of annexation to the United States and was finally admitted in 1845. Texas has a total area of 268,820 square miles (696,241 km²), ranking just behind Alaska in terms of size. But Texas has over 60 times the population of Alaska, With some 24.3 million people, Texas is second only to California in terms of population, with three cities, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, among the top ten most populous in the United States. In terms of Texas economy facts, The Texas economy is one of the largest in the world with GDP of $1.9 trillion, greater than the country of Canada. If Texas were its own country, it would be the 40th largest in land area and is larger than any country in Europe.
Texas History Facts
Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it, According to Texas history facts, They are Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States. Although six flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes of government in the past from Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present.
- Like most places in the US, Several groups of Native Americans used to live here peacefully, Texas was inhabited by native people from different tribes before the Europeans came. The largest of the Texan native tribes were the Caddo.
- France failed to colonize Texas in the late 17th century, Spain developed a plan to settle the region.
- The name Texas derives from táysha, a word in the Caddoan language of the Hasinai, which means friends or allies.
- When Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821, Texas(Mexican Texas) was part of the new nation. To encourage settlement, Mexican authorities allowed organized immigration from the United States, and by 1834, over 30,000 Anglos lived in Texas, compared to 7,800 Mexicans.
- Texas revolution began in October 1835, after a decade of political and cultural clashes between the Mexican government and the increasingly large population of American settlers in Texas.
- Texas became an independent nation called the Republic of Texas in 1836.
- Texas became the 28th state of the union in 1845.
Texas State Facts
In terms of Texas State facts, Texas is the second most populous state in America,
California is the most populous state in the US, but Texas is second with a total population of 28,701,845, which means that almost 10% of all Americans live in the state. In early Texas statehood, things such as cotton, ranching, and farming dominated the economy, along with railroad construction. After 1870, railroads were a major factor in the development of new cities away from rivers and waterways.
- Texas is the second largest state in the United States.
- Texas is located in the southern part of the United States
- The Texas largest industry is Agriculture, and it also produces the most livestock and livestock product in the country.
- Toward the end of the 19th century, timber became an important industry in Texas.
- Texas is a stormy state and on average, There are 139 tornadoes on average a year.
- The colors used on the Texas flag are the exact same as those used on the United States flag. The red, white, and blue colors used on the flag are required to be an exact match to those on the national flag. Each color has its own meaning: red for bravery, white for purity, and blue for loyalty.
- Texas has three of the top 10 most populous cities in the U.S. These are Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
- Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park are two national parks located in the western part of the state.
- The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.
Texas Scary Facts
Everything is bigger in Texas in-terms of Texas scary facts, take a look at the scariest places in Texas haunted by some of the state's most troubled souls.
- Lexington Museum on the Bay one of the most haunted places in America. There are things that cannot be explained on the decommissioned Second World War aircraft carrier, including ghostly touches and shadowy figures roaming the decks.
- The city of Jefferson is said to be one of the most haunted small towns in Texas. But the Jefferson Hotel, which was built in the 1890s, is considered to be the hotbed of the city's paranormal activity. Guests have experienced whispers from nowhere, knocks on walls and headboards, the smell of cigar smoke, children laughing and faucets automatically turning on water on their own accord. Some of the most scariest guest rooms at the hotel are Room 5, 19, 20, 21, 23 and 24.
- Built in 1884, the Old Alton Bridge, also known as Goatman's Bridge, originally the carried horses and later automobiles over Hickory Creek that once was a popular ford for crossing cattle. Though locals warn , if you cross the bridge at night without headlights, you will be met Goatman on the other side. Strange lights and Ghostly figures are said to also appear in the surrounding woods, as well as reports of visitors being grabbed, touched, and rocks thrown at them.
- In the border town of Matamoros during spring break in 1989, students partied and drug dealers kidnapped people in order to perform the deadly, twisted rituals of black magic.
- The Rainbow Bridge is a through truss bridge crossing the Neches River in Southeast Texas just upstream from Sabine Lake. The Rainbow Bridge is scary enough today, with two lanes for one-way traffic, completed in 1938, it was the second tallest bridge and has a steep ascent and descent.
Texas Fun Facts
Don't mess with Texas - was coined in the 1980s as part of an ad campaign. Here are the Texas Fun Facts:
- Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State. In addition to the national flag of the US, Texas also has its own state flag, which is referred to as "The Lone Star flag".
- A Texan Town Renamed Itself to Get Free Cable
- The Texas State Capitol is taller than the US Capitol by almost 15 feet.
- Texas is home to the highway with the fastest speed limit in the USA.
- Texas produces more wool than any other state in the USA.
- The term "maverick" comes from a Texan. A 19th century Texas rancher named Samuel Maverick is the origin of the word, who gained famous for refusing to brand his cattle.
- Dr Pepper was invented in Texas, It is one of the most distinct beverages in the world, and most people either hate it or love.
- Home to the largest bat colony in the U.S The Mexican free tailed bat is also the fastest bat in the world of more than 100 miles per hour, they have huge colonies with thousands of bats.
- You can't ride your horse in Texas at night without tail lights
- You can be considered legally married in Texas by publicly announcing a person as your wife/husband by saying it 3 times
- "GONE TO TEXAS" has been used since the 19th century. In the 1800s, GONE TO TEXAS, or even a shortened version of G.T.T. was adopted by people leaving a brief note for their loved ones before skipping town to head to Texas often.
- The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument was built in 1968 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of helium. One of the time capsules sealed on the monument is set to open 1,000 years from that date and has a passbook to a bank account with a $10 bill.
Texas Language Facts
- Through out the history of Texas, English or Spanish are the predominant language, as on 2017, 16.4 million are English speakers and 7.4 million are Spanish speakers.
- Texas is home to several dialects of American English.
- In 1925 it was made a criminal offense to give instruction in Spanish in Public schools.
- Vietnamese is the third most spoken language in Texas.
- Chinese is the fourth most commonly spoken language, and Hindi is the fifth most commonly spoken language in the state.