Texas was first settled by Spanish missionaries around the San Antonio area in 1718. The existing native occupants were fairly hostile, as expected, making the population of Texas fairly sparse until after the War of Mexican Independence. From that point, the governing Mexican politicians of the region began allowing the United States to occupy and even claim the land. The population grew exponentially afterward, although the fact that the Mexican-based populous went on the decline caused a lot of heat with Mexico City.
It wasn’t long before the Texas Revolution was under way. In 1835, the state became its independent nation. The Mexican troops made life incredibly difficult for its citizens however, making the entire infrastructure increasingly unsustainable. As such, it became necessary for them to work with the United States. In gaining its protection, Texas became an official part of the Union by 1845.
In a much more modern example of Texas history, Houston is home to the Johnson Space Center. This was first known as the Manned Spacecraft Center, abbreviated as MSC, and it began in 1961. This location served as Mission Control for all of that era’s space flights. The controllers working there oversaw the Apollo 11 mission on July 20th of 1969. This of course was the famous moon mission that saw Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ultimately walking along the surface of Earth’s moon. The subject continues to capture the imaginations of many even today, and the entire success of the mission was largely guaranteed due to the hard work taking place back home on Texas soil.
Also in the 1960s, Texas’ famous Astrodome was established in Houston in 1965. It has affectionately been called the 8th wonder of the world. It has been the home of many major sporting events and other entertainment ventures such as rodeos and concerts. Huge crowds fill the stands no matter what may be hosted there at the time. The stadium gained its initial notoriety thanks to its dome. While that feature is now the norm, the Astrodome was the original stadium built in that manner. Outside of all the entertainment provided over the years, the Astrodome also played a significant part in the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, offering a safe refuge for many of the incident’s evacuees.
That only scratches the surface. There’s plenty more to Texas’ history. It is a very storied place, and the love its citizens have for it is well deserved all around.