It is widely accepted that as far as the history of the state of Texas is concerned, that Spanish missionaries were the first Europeans that came to Texas as early settlers and these people were responsible for the founding of San Antonio as early as 1718. There were initially a lot of problems, in the first place from hostile natives and the different Spanish colonies were isolated from each other and therefore Texas were initially a place with very limited human habitation and this situation continued till after the Revolutionary war and also the war of Mexican independence. It was only after these events that the Mexican government started to allow settlers from the US to claim land in this region. This seemed to have been the turning point because population numbers increased dramatically but this situation had a negative impact on people from Mexican citizenship which led to some problems with the Mexican government. Things continue to deteriorate until the Texas Revolution and this led to the independence of Texas in 1835. However as a relatively new Republic Texas was not yet ready military wise to defend itself against Mexican troops and this then led to negotiations with the US government in 1845 after which Texas became united with the USA.
The name Texas actually comes from a Caddo Indian word which apparently means allies or friends and this element of friendship was eventually incorporated into the motto of the state of Texas. There are also some less favorable memories attributed it to Texas such as when Pres. John F. Kennedy was traveling in Dallas, a city of Texas he was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. Strangely a mere two hours after this incident VP Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the 36th president of the US, while on board Air Force One. Of all the states in the US, Texas is the one which is producing the most crude oil and also natural gas. It’s also doing very well in agriculture because in 2011 it was the state which has produced the most sheep, hay, wool, cotton, and cattle than any other state in the USA. In September 1900 the city of Galveston Texas was struck by a category four hurricane which was accompanied by winds that blew at over 130 mph resulting in the death of over 8000 people as well as the complete destruction of Galveston. After more than a century it is still recognized as the most deadly natural disaster in the history of the US.
The Astrodome in Houston was acknowledged at the time of its opening in 1965 as the world’s first domed stadium. It was so spectacular that it was referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It was a popular destination for large crowds which came to support their teams. Many events was hosted here such as rodeos, concerts and other forms of entertainment. The last time the Astrodome was used was in 2005 but then only as a shelter for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. There is another extraordinary place in Texas and this is the Johnson space Center in Houston. It was established in 1961 as the manned spacecraft Center and this is the site of Mission control for all space flights. Flight controllers working at this center oversaw the Apollo 11 flight during which astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong was landed on the moon.