A long time ago Texas was part of
Mexico. The Mexican government did not want any Americans to move to Texas. But
a man named Stephen Austin brought a lot of people to Texas. They built towns.
The Mexican government was not happy and a war began. The Americans did not
want to be part of Mexico. Many years passed. Finally, Texas was free. It
became a state in 1836.
Texans are proud of their history. Many
people from Mexico live in Texas today. They are an important part of the
state's history. A popular kind of food in Texas is called "Tex-Mex."
This means that it is a mixture of American and Mexican food.
Texas is also famous for its cowboys.
These cowboys rode horses and took care of the cattle. They wore big hats and
high-heeled boots. When people think of Texas, they often think of cowboys.
One way to describe Texas is
"big." In fact, Texas is the second biggest state. Only Alaska is
bigger. Texas has more cattle and sheep than any other state. It has the most
farms or ranches in the United States. It has the biggest ranch in the country,
too. Texas also produces the most fruit and vegetables. And it gives the United
States one-third of American oil! That's why Texans "think big."