Texas – The Lone Star State
Texas is an unusual state. There have been six different sovereign flags that have flown over the state of Texas. The state has a rich history of independence that still is found in its citizens today. The state is called the Lone Star State in recognition of the importance of the prior independence of the state as a sovereign nation. Texas is large and has many natural resources, so many that it dwarfs the resources of many countries in the world.
The capitol of Texas is in Austin, named after the first Spanish explorer to arrive in the state. The largest cities are Houston and San Antonio. Metropolitan Houston and the Dallas- Fort Worth metroplex are two of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States.
Geographically, East Texas is much like the rest of the American south. The western half of Texas is completely different, with dry prairies and the southernmost part of the American Rocky Mountains. To the west and north of San Antonio is the beautiful Texas hill country.
Thanks to the wife of Ex-President Lyndon B. Johnson, Ladybird, the highways of Texas are ablaze every spring with millions of native Texas wild flowers, planted along almost all major highways in the state.
Texans say that everything is bigger and better in Texas, including their egos. The truth is that Texas is a great state to live in. Texans enjoy the beaches on the Gulf Coast and amazing seafood. People from Colorado say that Texans would love to annex the Colorado ski areas to the north of the Texas panhandle area.
Texas is also home to the culinary wonder of Tex-Mex cuisine. What most Americans call Mexican food are really recipes developed by Spanish and Mexican immigrants living in Texas. The food on the eastern part of the Texas Gulf Coast is decidedly Cajun, due to the influence of neighbouring Louisiana.