Countries that have controlled Texas: France, Spain, Mexico, Republic of Texas, United States of America, and Confederate States of America. (Hence, Six Flags, our favorite amusement park)
Oldest town in Texas is stated to be Nacogdoches. Brother city to Natchitoches, LA. The tale is that the younger twin brother, Natchitoches, was jealous of his brother, Nacogdoches, who would inherit the Caddo tribe from their father, only known as Chief in tales, and all their lands due to birth right. Natchitoches was able to prove his worth to his father, by showing he was a better fisher, hunter, and gatherer. The Chief, bound by the laws of the Caddo, decided to offer a compromise. He told Nacogdoches to take his family and an unknown amount of the tribe with him, and travel 3 days to the West. Where he rested on the night of the 3rd day, begin his own tribe there. To Natchitoches, he said essentially the same, aside from the fact that Natchitoches was to travel East for three days. These two cities are approximately 60 miles apart in the Piney Woods, and are across the border of Louisiana and Texas, AKA the Red River.
Some thousand years later, if not more, (probably more), Thomas Jefferson Rusk attempted to settle Texas. He would be the first Anglo American to do so. A war hero from the Independence of Texas, and the Battle at San Jacinto, he failed at settling Texas after his colony was constantly raided by Indians and Mexicans, and disease struck the colony, which took his wife's life. Soon after, Rusk took his own life. The colony failed. Following some years later, Stephen F. Austin, a notable businessman, later founded the successful colony, in Nacogdoches.
Capitals of Texas: Washington-on-the-Brazos (1836), Harrisburg (1836), Galveston (1836), Velasco (1836), Columbia (1836-1837), Houston (1837-1839), Austin (1839-present)
Tejas, it is not Spanish. It is an Indian name for the land. I'm not sure what tribe named it, but Tejas is not Spanish, remember.
If someone tells you they are from the Valley, they have money.
We enjoy all sorts of things here, the Gulf of Mexico, South Padre Island, The Panhandle, El Paso, the Piney Woods, The Guadalupe River, The Red River, Austin, King Ranch, Nacogdoches Blue Berry Festival, Fredericksburg Pecan Festival, The Renaissance Fair in Magnolia, Mockingbirds, our own gold reserve, our own power grid, celebrate our own greatness of being a country before a state, Blue Bonnets, the Lone Star flying as high as the Stars and Stripes. Should I stop? lol.
I'm sorry, Whataburger and Blue Bell. I'll stop.
Texas has it's history, and it starts some 20 years after the New World was discovered.
We are proud of doing things bigger. We brag. People hate us. How many states can you draw for a foreigner and they be able to identify it? I only know of one. But how many people do you personally know, that "temporarily" moved to Texas, and never left. I know PLENTY.
Sorry everybody, this lesson was simply:
I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.