The saying, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” refers to the state’s massive land mass. It’s the largest state after Alaska and almost seems like a separate country. But it also refers to Texas culture. Here, you’ll find big trucks, big skyscrapers, big ranches, and big food.
- Six flags, according to National Geographic, have flown over Texas, including Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, Confederate, and American.
- Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836 after several battles, including the famous battle at the Alamo. It was an independent country until it joined the U.S. in 1845. During the Civil War, it became part of the confederacy.
- Texas’ huge land mass means it’s geographically diverse. East Texas is covered in pine forests, while the Gulf Coast has swamps and beaches. Hill Country is known for its rolling hills and wildflowers. Elsewhere Texas has grassy plains and even small mountains and valleys.
- The state’s climate is hot and humid, with frequent rainstorms.
- More cattle live in Texas than in any other state—13.3 million. The state also produces citrus fruits, cotton, pecans, rice, sheep, and vegetables.
- Oil and natural gas fields have brought Texas great wealth. Large cities are centers for technology.
Texas Quick Stats
Capital: Austin (population, 790,390)
Largest city: Houston (population, 2,099,451)
State bird: mockingbird
State flower: bluebonnet
Questions and Answers
Question: What wildlife can be found in Texas?
Answer: Texas has diverse wildlife, including armadillos, bobcats, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and others. Interestingly, Indian American tribes told stories about a huge ape man and white settlers mentioned a wild woman living near the Navidad River. At the Texas Bigfoot Research Center, volunteers have gathered hundreds of reports, footprint casts, and hair samples; could there really be a Bigfoot?
Watch a short video about Texas.