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Texas Overview information and history!
Texas, located in the southern part of United States, is the second most populous and largest state in the southern area. The state has its own distinctive culture, the way of life and politics which manifests in the way Texans often put their Texan identity before their American identity. Texas has among the country’s lowest tax rates. Texas has an unusual history. It was originally a part of Spain and then Mexico. After this, it rebelled and existed as an independent state before being annexed by the US. The total geographical area of the state is a little over that of the entirety of France.
Texas Capital and Language
The capital of Texas is Austin, also known as the Live Music Capital of the World. As estimated last in 2013, about 26,448,193 people live in Texas. It doesn't have an official language of the state, but both English and Spanish are spoken. The Hill Country region of Texas has its dialect of German due to the German settlement in the area. Due to recent immigration trends, instances of French, Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Vietnamese and Korean being spoken can also be chanced upon. Not every resident of Texas speaks with the nasal twang, i.e., associated with Texan speech.
The population composition of Texas is incredibly diverse. About 1/3rd of the population comes from a Hispanic background of some sort. Settlements from other nativities also abound such as German, Norwegian, Polish, Czech, Swedish, French, African-American and Asian-American.
Texas is a widely expansive state. Brewster County in West Texas is larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Texas’s largest ranch – King Ranch is larger than Rhode Island.
Texas Places to See
Texas is home to many historical landmarks, national parks, and monuments. Some of these are-
- The Alamo in San Antonio is the site where 200 men were seized upon by a Mexican army of 1,500 when the state was an independent entity governed by itself. The men refused to surrender despite their number and gained an immortal place in the history of Texas.
- San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park in Houston is where a Texan battle for independence of 1836 was fought between Sam Houston, who led the Texan charge and the Mexican Army under the leadership of dictator Gen. Santa Anna. The park’s 570ft tall centerpiece, the San Jacinto Monument is the tallest monumental column in the world.
- Fort Davis National Historic Site is a partially restored fort, which is the home of the Buffalo soldiers, i.e., the first peacetime all-black regiment in the U.S. Army, located in Fort Davis town, north of Big Bend National Park. You can visit the MacDonald Observatory and Ft. Davis State Park in the surrounding Dave Mountains. A loop drive goes through the wood-clad hills and the desert prairie where you may spot deer, roadrunners, eagles and more such sights of fauna if you’re lucky.
- The Fort Worth Stockyards preserves the memory of the cattle-driven and cowboy memories of the Texan past.
- The Dealey Plaza in Dallas is where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
- The Lubbock Lake Landmark State Historical Park is a hotspot for archaeologists who keep finding evidence of civilization dating back millennia across the park.
What to Do in Texas
When in Texas, don't forget to spend the weekend living the Old West vibe at a ranch. Experience one of the largest bat colonies in the world at the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. Participate or be an audience to the Lone Star Rally in Galveston. Texas won't leave you bored for a minute. There is enough to do to keep you busy during your stay.
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