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1685 -- Explorer La Salle builds french colony at Lavaca Bay
1690 -- Spain builds outpost in East Texas to block french trespass
1718-31 -- Spain concentrates its power in Texas at San Antonio
1749-54 -- Presidio and missions built at Goliad to protect Texas Coast
1803 -- U.S. purchases Louisiana from France
1821 -- Mexico gains independence from Spain
1822 -- Stephen F. Austin begins colonization of lower Colorado-Brazos rivers.
1824 -- Texas and Coahuilla joined as a single Mexican state. Many anglos move to Texas.
1833 -- Texas petitions for separation from Coahuilla
1834 -- General Santa Anna becomes dictator of Mexico and changes peaceful laws.
1835 -- (June) Texas rebels defeat Mexican forces at Fort Anahuac
1835 -- (Oct.) First shots of Texas revolution fired in Gonzales
1835 -- (Oct.) Sam Houston is ordered to raise an army.
1835 -- (late) Texans seize Presido La Bahia at Goliad and San Antonio
1835 -- (Dec.) Texans ratify Declaration of Independence at Goliad
1836 -- (Feb 24) Seige of Alamo begins
1836 -- (March 2) Declaration of Independence presented at Washington-on-the-Brazos.
1836 -- (March 6) The Alamo falls
1836 -- (March 27) Santa Anna orders execution of troops at Goliad
1836 -- (April 15) Santa Anna burns Harrisburg
1836 -- (April 20) Sam Houston's army of 910 arrive at San Jacinto river
1836 -- (April 21) Texans defeat Santa Anna at San Jacinto
1836 -- (May 14) Texas, Mexico peace treaty signed
1836 -- (Oct. 22) Sam Houston becomes first President of the Republic of Texas
1839 -- Austin becomes state capital
1840 -- Texans massacre Comanche chiefs at San Antonio Council House Fight
1842 -- Rebels try to reinstate Mexican law in San Antonio
1842 -- (Sept) Mexican General Woll captures San Antonio
1843 -- Mexican-Texan truce signed
1845 -- (Dec. 29) President Polk signs annexation acts allowing Texas into the United States of America
1861 -- Texas joins the Confederate States of America
1863 -- Confederates in Texas win the Battle of Galveston; a major confederate victory
1866 -- Texas rejoins the United States of America
1929 -- Stock Market Crash
1943 -- Texas Economy booms. Jobs open up in Petrochemical industry.
1900 -- Population expands greatly.
1970's -- Oil becomes big business in Texas
1963 -- (Nov. 22) President Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas
1988 -- Texan George Bush is elected President of the United States
2000 -- George W. Bush is elected President of the United States
1969 -- (July 20) Neil Armstrong made his historic walk as the first man on the moon
1957 -- The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is opened
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Quick Facts:
State of Texas Population -- 20,851,820
U.S. Population -- 287,400,000
Australian Continent Population -- 19,700,000
* The state of Texas has more people than the continent of Australia.
Texas, Our Texas
Texas, Our Texas! all hail the mighty State!
Texas, Our Texas! so wonderful so great!
Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev'ry test
O Empire wide and glorious, you stand supremely blest.
God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
God bless you Texas! And keep you brave and strong,
That you may grow in power and worth, throughout the ages long.
Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,
Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,
Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,
With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo.
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Texas, dear Texas! from tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes, we come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.
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State Song-
Texas Nickname -- The Lone Star State
* Austin is considered the live music capital of the world.

* Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885.
* The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.
* The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was the 1900 Galveston Storm. Nearly 8,000 deaths were
Texas Flag -- The blue stands for loyalty, the white represents strength, and the red is for bravery.
Texas Presidents -- Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, George Bush, George W. Bush
* Texas became its own country in 1836, and was admitted to the United States of America in 1845. It then
succeeded in 1861 to join the Confederate States of America, but rejoined the Union in 1866.
* The Dallas Cowboy's have the most Superbowl wins in the NFL.
* Texas comes from the word 'Tejas' which was a Caddo Indian word for 'friend.'
Last update February 9, 2004