Today is March 2nd which means that it is Texas Independence Day! On this day in 1836, Texas declared her independence from Mexico and the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted, thus creating the Republic of Texas. Texas is the ONLY state in the union to ever be an independent Nation!
Being a Texan, I am extremely proud of my state, as many fellow Texans are. Texas is one of the few states that is easily recognized by its unique shape, not only by fellow Americans, but also by many people from around the world! The unique shape of Texas is defined by the Gulf of Mexico on one side, rivers on three sides, and the remaining four sides were marked by surveyors.
Just saying the name of our great state – Texas – immediately conjures up romantic images of cowboys, rodeos, longhorns, oil wells, cotton fields, bluebonnets, fiestas, the Alamo and Rio Grande Ruby Red grapefruit in almost everyone! The are not too many people around who have not at least heard the names of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Amarillo, Laredo, Abilene, Waco or El Paso.
Texas is home to six of the 20 largest cities an America. Those would be Houston (#4), San Antonio (#7), Dallas (#9), Austin (#11), Fort Worth (#16) and El Paso (#19). This list is based on information from the United States Census Bureau as of July 1, 2014.
According to the Texas Almanac, the Lone Star State extends 801 straight-line miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west. Although we have many large cities, we also take great pride in our large, wide-open natural spaces. In all, Texas is home to 54 State Parks , 4 State Forests, 1 State Historic Site, 2 National Parks, 4 National Forests, 1 National Historic Site, 1 National Historic Park, 10 National Wildlife Refuges, 2 National Recreation Areas, as well as 1 National Seashore.
I feel that I am very lucky, as well as extremely proud, to call the beautiful state of Texas, “Home!”