Monday, August 3, 2015

Texas


Texas is a state in the southwest part of the US, bordering Mexico to the south.

It's nickname is The Lone Star State, and it's motto is Friendship.

Texas is the 2nd largest state in the US after Alaska, and it has the 2nd most people of any state after California.

(from: wikipedia - texas)

The flag of Texas is a blue stripe with a white star, a white stripe and a red star.

(from: wikipedia - flag of texas)

The seal of Texas has two sides. On one side is a star with olive and oak branches around it.

On the other side is a picture of the Alamo, the cannon of the Battle of Gonzales, Vince's bridge, and the flags of France, Spain, Mexico, Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States of America.
The six different flags are for the six different nations that have controlled Texas.

(from: wikipedia - seal of texas)

The Alamo is a place in Texas where a big battle took place between the people of Texas and Mexico.
The Mexican army won the battle, but people in Texas were so angry about losing the battle that they all fought hard together and came back to beat Mexico.
People in later battles would shout "Remember the Alamo!" to help keep everyone fighting hard to win.

(from: wikipedia - alamo mission in san antonio)

A special type of cattle in Texas is called the Texas Longhorn because it has really long horns.

(from: wikipedia - texas longhorn)

There is a NASA space center called Johnson Space Center in Houston.
During the Apollo 13 space mission where some things went wrong after the astronauts were launched into outer space, they said over the radio to the control center Houston we have a problem and it has become a famous saying for when something goes wrong.

(from: wikipedia - christopher c. kraft jr. mission control center)
Dwight D. Eisenhower from Texas was the 34th president of the US, in 1953.

(from: wikipedia - dwight d. eisenhower)

Lyndon B. Johnson from Texas was the 36th president of the US, in 1963.

(from: wikipedia - lyndon b. johnson)


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