10 Facts Every Texan Should Know on Texas Independence Day
Happy Birthday, Texas! It was on this day, March 2, in 1836, Texas declared their independence from Mexico and declared themselves a Republic. Here are 10 fun facts about the Lone Star State:
- The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by a convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos.
- Texas became the 28th state on Dec. 29, 1845.
- Texas is also known as the “Lone Star State”
- Texas’ Lone Star flag became the state’s official flag on January 24, 1839.
- Six countries have countries have controlled some or all of Texas at some point: Spain (1519–1821); France (1685–1690); Mexico (1821–1836); the Republic of Texas (1836–1845); the Confederate States of America (1861–1865); and the United States of America (1845–1861; 1865–present).
- Only one of the original five copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence remains; it was found at the U.S. State Department in 1896 and now resides in the Texas State Archives in Austin.
- The men defending the Alamo never knew that Texas had declared independence.
- Only two of the 59 who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, – Jose Francisco Ruiz and Jose Antonio Navarro – were native Texans, according to the Star of the Republic Museum.
- In 1836, Sam Houston, became the first president of the of Republic Texas.
- The Republic of Texas lasted nine years, eleven months, and seventeen days.