The state of Texas stretches nearly 1,000 miles east to west. The extent from north to south is even greater. Texas is not only the second largest state after Alaska, but also one of the most populous with 25 million inhabitants. Its past as an independent nation has made Texans proud and freedom-loving citizens to this day. The national flag still bears the "Lone Star", the coat of arms of the republic.
The state's vastness seems to have bred a culture of exaggeration. According to the Texans, everything here is bigger, better and more beautiful than anywhere else. The horns of the "Longhorns", the fortunes of the oil barons, even the Dallas Cowboys' former role as "America's Team" are testaments to this sense of superiority. Whether this is justified is another question: the Texans do not like contradictions very much. Because the motto is simple; "Don't mess with Texas."
The history of Texas begins in the Alamo, a former Spanish mission and Mexican fort. When settlers took the fort in 1835, conflict with Mexico began, which was eventually won by a mercenary army led by Samuel Houston. In 1836 Texas became an independent republic. Incidentally, the national territory also included large parts of what is now New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming. In 1845, Texas was annexed to the United States, which again led to war with Mexico. It wasn't until 1848 that the Mexicans gave up. In the second half of the 19th century, the heyday of large cattle trains began. Huge herds of "longhorns" - the cattle that the Spanish had introduced to America a few centuries earlier - roamed the country.
At the beginning of the second half of the 20th century, the second important industry on which the Texas economy is based was added: petroleum. Agriculture and the oil industry have brought great prosperity. You can see it in the fancy shops and expensive restaurants as well as in the excellent museums in Houston, Fort Worth and other Texan cities. These attract more and more visitors today, as does the still living image of the vast expanses of the prairie. A sunset on the horizon that seems infinitely far away is one of those impressions that you won't soon forget.