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Texas is BIG! Everything In Texas is big. The state stretches over 773 miles from east to west, and 801 miles from north to south with a total land and water area consisting of 261,914 sq mls of land and 5,363 sq mls of water equating to almost 7.5% of the total land area of the United States. It is as large as all of New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and New England all put together. Texas is bordered by in the south by Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico. To the North by Oklahoma and Arkansas, to the west by New Mexico and Mexico and, because of the odd shape of the State, the eastern side borders Oklahoma Arkansas and Louisiana.

Texas has quite a history of various nationalities finding and establishing their claim and then handing Texas back again. Prior to 1500 numerous tribes of the Indians of Texas occupied the region between the Rio Grande to the south and the Red River to the north. A Spanish adventurer, was the first known European to explore and map the Texas coastline in 1519 Others came within the next 60 years but left again. In 1685 Fort Louis was established by Robert Cavelier, Sieur de LaSalle at Matagorda Bay. This fort became the basis for France's claim to Texas. In 1689 a Mexican explorer, Alonso de Leon found Fort St. Louis abandoned and started to establish a Spanish presence in the state again therefore leading to all the Catholic missions which were established during the 18th century in Texas. In 1822 Stephen F Austin introduced the state to an initial group of new immigrants and most settled between what are now known as Austin and Houston. Immigrants from France, Slovak, Germany and Poland also arrived and settled, preferring to stay in their own communities, continuing with their customs and traditions which still in a way continues today. In 1837 Sam Houston moved the capital to Houston and then in 1839 the capital was moved again to the new town of Austin where it is still today.

"Other states were carved or born, Texas grew from hide and horn."
(Texas author - Berta Hart Nance )

The name Texas comes from the Spanish and Indian words, tejas and techas, "friends or allies." The term "The Lone Star State" is an apt name because of the state flag which contains one single star.

The Six Flags of Texas doesn't just mean the fun park, the name also refers to the six flags that have flown over Texas during eight changes of sovereignty:

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 to the present.

(Map from tourtexas.com)

This State is so big and in the 4 years I have been living here, I have only covered about one third of it. Hopefully I will get to see a couple of the other regions I have not yet seen before I finally leave the Big State.

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  • Feb 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Texas sounds like fun. I would love to visit some of the famous Texas gun shows and Texas events. Maybe I could make a trip down there this summer.

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    Dec 29, 2010 at 5:06 AM

    Thanks for an extremely thorough page with down to earth, helpful tips. So many locations that I would love to visit.

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    Oct 9, 2007 at 12:01 AM

    Just FYI on fire ants. Immediately soak your feet (hands, ankles, etc.) in undiluted household bleach for a couple of minutes. You won't even have to repeat like you do with the hot water.

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    Jan 17, 2007 at 11:50 AM

    Thanks for your great page!

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    Apr 23, 2006 at 6:05 AM

    I hope to revisit your site many times before we move to Texas this summer--thanks for the tips and beautiful pictures....

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    Mar 25, 2006 at 6:13 PM

    God Bless Texas!!

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    Dec 11, 2005 at 9:21 AM

    I'm impress with your pages, now I understand why you're the number ONE!

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    Jul 10, 2005 at 8:48 AM

    Great overview of Texas; we are planning a road trip of Texas and your page is really helpful. Greetings from Calgary ~ Helen

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    Jun 10, 2005 at 6:40 AM

    I was stationed in Texas when I was in the military, and I'm glad you put that warning out about the fire ants.. nasty buggers !!

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    Apr 1, 2005 at 6:14 AM

    Absolutley loved the texas sayings!! must come back some time!

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