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    State of Texas
    Nickname The Lone Star State
    Capital Austin
    Largest city Houston
    Population 28M (Rank:2)
    Governor Greg Abbott (R)

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    How did Texas get its name?

    The name 'Texas' came from the Caddo Indian word 'tayshas' meaning “friends” or “allies”. The Spanish pronounced it as 'tejas' and the English settlers pronounced it as Texas.

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    Everything's big in Texas
    Texas has the largest state capitol building in the United States. In 1888, when it was completed, the capitol building was billed as "The Seventh Largest Building in the World." The builders, John V. Farwell and Charles B. Farwell, were paid with three million acres of land.

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    World's largest gathering of mammals
    Bracken Cave in Comal County, Texas, is the summer home to the largest colony of bats in the world. An estimated 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats dwell there from March to October every year.

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    Birthplace of Dr Pepper

    Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas. Texas pharmacist Charles Alderton formulated the unique flavor in 1885.

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    Six different flags have flown over Texas during its history. Though Native American lived for thousands of years before the arrival of European explorers, they did not use any flags to claim the territory.
    Six Flags over Texas

    Six flags over Texas
    Spain 1519 – 1821
    Mexico 1821 – 1836
    France 1685 – 1690
    Rep. of Texas 1836 – 1845
    Confederacy 1861 – 1865
    USA 1845 – 1861
    1865 – present

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    Fastest state in the USA
    Texas has highest highway speed limit in USA. A stretch of toll road between Austin and San Antonio permits drivers to go 85 miles per hour!

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    The Eagle has landed

    The first word spoken on the moon was 'Houston'. In 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, after landing on the moon, announced, "Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed"

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    5-for-1 proposition
    Texas was an independent republic before it joined the Union as the biggest state by area (221 times bigger than the smallest state, Rhode Island) The document that admitted Texas into the Union allows for its possible future division into five states. The 5-for-1 proposition is embodied in the March 1, 1845, Congressional Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States. The resolution allows for new states “of convenient size,” not to exceed four, to be carved out of Texas.

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