Texas became the 28th state to enter the union on December 29, 1845. Texas was first founded by Spanish explorers, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, settling at Ysleta near El Paso in 1862. Robert Cavalier Sieur de la Salle later established a French colony at Matagorda Bay in 1685. In 1821, Stephen F. Austin led Americans to settle along the Brazos River when Texas was originally controlled by Mexico who gained their independence from Spain.
In 1835, the Texas Revolution began due to tensions between the settlers of Texas and Mexico. The first battle was the Battle of Gonzales in 1835, which was caused by a cannon. From 1836 to 1845, Texas was its own independent nation until it entered the union by treaty, the Treaties of Velasco (and the only state to do so).
Texas adopted their state flag before it became a state. The flag of Texas is known as the Lone Star flag, as it only has one star on their state flag and it was first used on their flag during the battles between Texas and Mexico in the 1830s. The star is located on a vertical blue stripe on the left hand side (taking up ⅓ of the flag) while a horizontal red and white stripe take up the remaining right side of the flag. Red symbolizes courage, white means liberty, and blue is for loyalty.
Texas Flag vs. Flag of Chile: The flags of Texas and the South American country of Chile are very similar and can sometimes be confused with one another. The only differences between the flags are that there is only a blue square on the left hand corner of the Chilean flag, the star inside the square is smaller, and the red horizontal stripe on the bottom is longer. Chile’s flag was adopted on October 18, 1817.
Texas is the second largest state in the US along with being the most populous.
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The Six Flags Over Texas gift set is the ultimate Texas flag gift. The gift set includes the six banners that have flown over what is now Texas, including the flags of France, Spain, Mexico, the Confederate States, the United States (28-star version), and, of course, Texas. All flags are 4×6 inches and printed on a polyester-cotton blend. A wooden base is included with the flag set, allowing for display on a desk or table. At a low price of just $7.95 and with a presentation box to boot, this is a great gift for a Texan serving in the military.
The Fibre Metal Texas Hard Hat combines Texas pride with supreme safety. Fibre Metal uses a full graphic process to produce a beautifully vibrant Texas flag that won’t chip, fade, or peel on a SEI-certified thermoplastic hard hat. Besides depicting the Texas flag, the phrase, “Don’t mess with Texas,” appears on the front of the hat. For business-owners, these hard hats make great safety awards or a special groundbreaking ceremony hats. Order ten or more of these hats to receive an unbelievably low price of $26.99 each!
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