Happy Texas Day!

Today is National Texas Day. . .

Happy National Texas Day ! !

A Beginning To The Western World:
The Beginning Years: Spanish explorer Alonso Álvarez de Pineda settled as the first available map maker in the state of Texas, way before it was even considered a state, with a map created in 1519. Nine years later in 1528, Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his cohort became the first European set to settle in what is now Texas, making observations about the way of life of the Ignaces Natives of Texas. By the year 1541, Francisco Vázquez de Coronado made the stop in that Oñate officially had claimed all the land drained by the Rio Grande as Spanish territory, laying the foundation for a conquest of a two century long stronghold of Spanish control in the lands of Texas and the American southwest territories. It is noted that Spanish conquistadors first crossed the lands of Texas in a rush for gold in New Mexico.

The Spanish Period: Spanish missionaries were the dominant settlers in Texas, founding San Antonio in 1718. The natives kept Texas sparsely populated until following the Revolutionary War and also the War of Mexican Independence.

The Mexican Period and Texas’ Own Country: After the War of Mexican Independence, a newly established Mexican government began allowing settlers from the U.S. to claim land there. This led to a high population, reducing the percentage of the population with Mexican heritage, causing problems with Mexico.

Republic of Texas Period: The nation of the Republic of Texas consumed the years of 1836 to 1845, with several smaller insurrections, and becoming its own independent nation in the year 1836. The most famous event in this period, and the whole State of Texas history is the Battle of the Alamo, which happened from February 26 to March 6, 1836. Many lost their lives during the thirteen day siege, which included David Bowie, William B. Travis, and Davy Crockett. Then on April 11, 1844, Texas and the United States signed a treaty for annexation, with the state being the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.

The Mexican–American War: The Mexican–American War, which happened from April 25, 1846 until February 2, 1848, secured Texas as a part of a southern empire in terms of slavery and took 529,017 square miles of land which is a considerable portion of the original territory of Mexico. Part of that territory included Texas.
  • Date: December 29, 1845
  • Capital: Austin
  • Population: 25,145,561 (2010)
  • Size: 268,597 square miles (Then largest state, now second largest behind Alaska)
  • Nickname: Lone Star State
  • State Motto: Friendship
  • Tree: Pecan
  • Flower: Bluebonnet
  • Bird: Mockingbird

The History:

Texas Officially Adopted as a U.S. State, State Song, Admission Date & Texas Flag
State Name Info
State Song
Capital Flag Image
28th State. Republic of Texas
“All My Ex’s Live in Texas” by George Strait
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See: Officially Adopted as a U.S. States, State Songs, Admission Dates & Flags at: National States And Capitals Day! – 2022 US State's Flags '22.jpg

Some Great Texas Sites:  Here is a list of some some great places to visit while in Texas:

  • San Antonio
  • The Riverwalk in San Antonio
  • The Alamo in San Antonio
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Austin
  • The Capital in Austin
  • Houston (4th largest city in the U.S.)
  • South Padre Island
  • Galveston
  • Mustang Island
  • Port Aransas
  • The Woodlands
  • Boca Chica
  • San José Island
  • Corpus Christi
  • Waco
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Amarillo
  • El Paso
  • Lubbock
  • Laredo
  • Grapevine
  • Abilene

My Texas Trip in 1988:
​November 16 to 19, 1988, I had the pleasure to take a trip down to Sam Antonio at the San Antonio, Texas Convention Center, to experience the Percussive Arts Society’s PASIC ’88 (percussion/drummers attraction). It was quite an experience being able to see Texas in the later fall, seeing people put up Christmas decorations in almost 80 degree heat. Being from the Chicago area, we never get a chance to partake in that style of holiday decorating. It was very cheerful and I even was able to see the second brightest night time star in the sky, Canopus (Alpha Carinae: αCar) that you cannot ever see in Chicago’s latitude, being too far south in the sky that it never even rises. I like to feature my extravagant photo collection, but I have 10’s of thousands of photos, and my trip to Texas photos were not able to be found on time for this article.

Features of My Visit to the PASIC ’88 Convention: PASIC ’88 San Antonio, Texas Convention Center, Nov. 16–19, Genaro Gonzalez host. • First PASIC appearance for Jacob Armen, Joe Morello, David Locke, Steve Ferrera, Marimolin: Nancy Zeltsman and Sharan Leventhal, Linda Maxey, Beverly Johnston, Michael Burritt, John Soroka, Harvey Biskin, Cloyd Duff, Trichy San – karan, Jamey Haddad, John Wyre, Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, Marimba Nan – dayapa, The Hague Percussion Ensemble, and others. • Repeat performances by Alex Acuna, Jim Chapin, Peter Erskine, David Garib – aldi, Chester Thompson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Joe Franco, Ed Thigpen, Luis Conte, Dean Witten, Ted Piltzecker, Alan Abel, Larry Kaptain, John Bergamo, Glen Velez, Emil Richards, Norm Weinberg, Marty Hurley and Phantom Regiment, and others. • Evening concerts: Kroumata with Keiko Abe, Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone, Ted Piltzecker and Doug Walter, San Antonio Symphony with Steve Houghton.

First Giveaway at Versatileer:
My first ever giveaway at Versatileer was in April of 2018 to a restaurant in Texas: 2 x Ula’s Washington Mexican Restaurant $25 Gift Certificates (Giveaway Over).

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