Texas Facts

Texas Facts
Texas is the largest state of the 48 contiguous United States, with 268,820 square miles. It shares the international border with several of Mexico's states. With over 26.4 million people living in this state, it is the second most populous state after California. Prior to European settlement, there were three major indigenous cultures living in Texas' area, including the Pueblo, the Mississippian, and Mesoamerica cultures. In total there have been eight different government changes since 1519, when it was under Spanish control, until 1865, when it became a member of the United States. Texas is home to wide variety of wildlife, multiple climate zones, and geographic regions.
Interesting Texas Facts:
Texas has a phrase 'Six Flags over Texas', which refers to the fact that there have been six different countries that have ruled the area, beginning in 1519. These countries include Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, United States, and the Confederate States of America.
From 1836 to 1845, Texas was an independent nation.
Texas' capital is Austin, which is also considered to be the live music capital of the world.
The largest city in Texas is Houston and the largest metro is Arlington/Fort Worth/Dallas.
The deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history - the Galveston hurricane = took place in Texas in 1900. This hurricane resulted in approximately 8,000 deaths.
The state of Texas produces the most greenhouse gases of any U.S. State - approximately 680 billion kg of carbon dioxide per year.
If Texas were an independent country, it would rank 7th in the world for producers of greenhouse gas.
Texas' state mammal is the armadillo.
It is estimated that there are approximately 16 million cattle in Texas.
The world's largest rose garden is located in Texas. It is the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and has 38,000 rose bushes.
The very first rodeo in the world was held in 1883 in Pecos, Texas.
Texas has the most tornadoes of any state each year. On average they experience 139 per year.
The first governor and president of Texas was Sam Houston, who lived from 1793 to 1863.
The first word that was ever spoken on the moon was Houston, in 1969 during the moon landing.
The western hemisphere's largest Ferris wheel is located in Dallas State Fair Park. It is called the Texas Star.
Dr Pepper was invented in 1885 by a Waco pharmacist named Charles Alderton.
Actors Chuck Norris and John Wayne are both honorary Texas Rangers, making them members of the oldest North American statewide law enforcement agency.
Davy Crockett died at the Alamo.
The Alamo is a historical site in San Antonio Texas, where the Mexican General Santa Anna defeated the Texan defenders.
Approximately 50 billion is spent in Texas each year by tourists visiting historical sites, state parks and other points of interest.
Today it is still considered a hanging offence to steal cattle in Texas.
In Texas there is a city called Slaughter. No murder has ever been recorded in this city.
Texas is also known as the Lone Star State. This name represents Texas' struggle for independence.

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