Texas is inspirational. Texas was admitted to the Union of the United States of America on December 29, 1845. Texas is in the south central part of the country. Oklahoma borders Texas to the north. Arkansas is to the northeast of the state. Louisiana is to the east of Texas. The Gulf of Mexico borders Texas to the southeast. The international border with Mexico is to the south. New Mexico is at Texas’ western border. Texas is the second largest and the second most populous state.
Before European contact three main indigenous cultures lived in the area. Groups of Spanish explorers were in the area in the 16th century. Europeans settled there in 1685. Missions were constructed by the Spanish in response to nearby French settlements. In 1718 San Antonio became a Spanish civilian settlement. When Louisiana was purchased in 1803, Americans believed this included Texas. Texas became part of Mexico in 1821 as a result of the Mexican War of Independence. Immigrants from the United States, Europe, and the Mexican interior settled in the area until Mexican authorities stopped immigration from the US in 1830. Texan and Mexican troops fought the Texas Revolution. Texans signed a Declaration of Independence in 1836. They formed the Republic of Texas. The Lone Star State nickname came from its past status as an independent republic following its struggles with Mexico.
Texas seceded the Union and joined the Confederate States in 1861. President Johnson declared the state government restored in 1866, following troubles during Reconstruction. In 1901 oil was discovered in Texas. Oil Production became significant. World War II helped the state’s economy recover after the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. Texas manufactured military armaments. Higher education was modernized and expanded during the mid-20th century. This led to a developed economy that is diversified and includes high tech industry. Fortune 500 companies, agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers, electronics, aerospace, biomedical sciences, and more make-up Texas’ economy today.
Texas has multiple ecological regions and climate zones. From east to west Texas includes the Gulf Coastal Plains, Interior Lowlands, Great Plains, and Basin and Range Province. Hills, plateaus, desert valleys, forests, desert grasslands, mountains streams, and rivers are among the geographic features. Animal diversity exist in these areas as well. Winters range from cold to mild. Snow is a yearly to rare occurrence. Summers are warm to hot. Thunderstorms and tornados occur often. Destructive hurricanes have occurred.
The culture in Texas has been influenced by multiple groups from around the world. Performing arts companies and visual art are well-established in Texas. There are jazz, blues, and country hotspots. Nightclubs, events, and festivals are well-known. Foods, like the breakfast burrito, became known due to Texas’ influence. Sports have a huge place in Texas culture. Collegiate sports, especially football, attract attention and fans. The rodeo and NASCAR attract fans. Texas has two NFL teams, two MLB teams, three NBA teams, and one NHL team. There is also a WMBA and two MLS teams. Be inspired! Have a bright day!