Texans: Do You Know the History of Your State?

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Do you remember the Alamo? Do you know what Texas' marketing slogan means when it says (with apologies to the grammar gods) that the state is "Like a whole other country?" Grab a bowl of chili and a Shiner Bock and try this quiz!

Most Americans are usually somewhat proud of their home state. For some of us, it's not the state where we were born but the state where we grew up, or where we spent most of our lives. Texans are the ultimate expression of that pride. Everywhere Texans go, we identify ourselves proudly. 

Of course, there are also some preconceived notions about what it means to be a Texan. During the early '80s, a Texan abroad in Europe could be expected to answer whether he or she knew J.R. Ewing and how many oil wells were in the backyard.

While media characterizations range from mocking to heroic, the actual history of Texas is truly fascinating. It was an independent republic for a while. It was a part of Mexico for a while, too, before a band of hardy Texans decided they wanted to determine their own fates and fought a bloody war against the Mexican Army.

How much do you know about the Lone Star State? Saddle up and find out!

What is the Mexican name for Texas?

Texas was called Tejas by Mexico. Mexico encouraged U.S. settlers to enter Tejas in 1821.

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Why do we say, "Remember the Alamo"?

The saying "Remember the Alamo" is a sort of battle cry for the Texas Revolution. About 200 Texans were killed defending the Alamo.

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Texas was part of what country, after that country won its independence from Spain?

Texas was part of Mexico after they won their independence from Spain. Mexico eventually lost Texas because they encouraged too many American settlers to move there.

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The Spanish allied with what group of Native Americans?

The Spanish allied with the Comanche. This made Texas safer for settlers, and ranches began to thrive.

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The first Texas ranches appeared near what city?

The first Texas ranches appeared near San Antonio. The Spanish awarded land to settlers.

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What country established a presence in Texas in 1682?

French explorers traveled south from New France (Canada) in 1682. They settled near what is now Inez.

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What took place in 1758?

The San Saba attack took place in 1758. The mission was attacked by the Comanche, and nearly all inhabitants were killed.

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The tax on livestock that Texas ranchers had to pay Spain was called what?

The tax on livestock levied by Spain was called the Mustang Fund. The Spanish owned all of the livestock on Texas ranches.

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Spanish missionaries settled in Texas in what year?

Spanish missionaries settled in Texas in 1718. Hostile natives kept them on their toes.

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What took place in 1719?

The Chicken War took place in 1719. The French raided a Spanish mission.

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The "Texas Gazette" was founded in what year?

The Texas Gazette was founded in 1829. The Gazette was Texas' first newspaper.

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The Texas Revolution began in October of what year?

The Texas Revolution began on October 2, 1835. The revolution was between Texas and Mexico.

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A flag bearing the words "Come and take it" referred to what item?

The words "Come and take it" referred to a cannon that Texas refused to return to Mexico. The skirmish that ensued is considered the first battle of the Texas Revolution.

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Who was the first president of the Republic of Texas?

Sam Houston was the first president of the Republic of Texas. Mirabeau B. Lamar was the vice president.

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The state flag of Texas was adopted in what year?

The Lone Star flag was adopted in 1839. It is the official state flag of Texas.

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In what year did Texas vote to become part of the U.S.?

Texas voted to become part of the U.S. in 1836. Initially, the U.S. was not interested.

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In what year was Texas annexed by the U.S.?

Texas was annexed by the U.S. in 1845. Texas became the 28th state.

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Where was the Leanderthal Lady found?

The Leanderthal Lady was found in Cedar Park, Texas. She is proof that Native Americans had settled Texas as long as 10,000 years ago.

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What treaty signaled the end of the U.S.-Mexican War?

The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1948 signaled the end of the U.S.-Mexican War. Mexico gave up half of its land in the treaty.

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The first railroad was established in Texas in what year?

The first railroad was established in Texas in 1853. It was called the Harrisburg Railroad.

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Texas fought in the Civil War as part of the _____.

Texas fought in the Civil War as part of the Confederacy (the South). Governor Sam Houston was kicked out of office because he refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy.

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The trail of Texas cattle to market was called what?

The trail of Texas cattle to market was called the Chisholm Trail. Texas cattle was worth only $4 per head in Texas after the Civil War and up to $40 per head elsewhere, so ranchers were forced to move their cattle to other markets.

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Many cattle ranchers went bust during what post-Civil War downturn?

Many cattle ranchers went bust during the Panic of 1873. The future of ranching in Texas was uncertain during this time.

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The Corsicana Boom was the beginning of what Texas industry?

The Corsicana Boom was the beginning of the Texas oil industry. The boom began near Beaumont.

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Texas was the first southern state to do what?

Texas was the first southern state to give women the right to vote. The state approved the 19th Amendment in 1919.

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True or False? Texas has never had a female governor.

This is false. Ma Ferguson was the first female to become governor of Texas. She was elected in 1924.

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Who first settled Texas?

Spanish Conquistadors first settled Texas in 1519. Conquistadors were soldiers and explorers.

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The San Fernando Memorial was presented in what year?

The San Fernando Memorial was presented to the Spanish government in 1785. In this document, Texas ranchers sought to stop paying tax to Spain on their cattle.

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What president was assassinated in Dallas, Texas?

JFK was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was then sworn in as president.

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When was the Texas Declaration of Independence signed?

The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836. The first Texas congress met that same year.

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The U.S.-Mexican War began in what year?

The U.S.-Mexican War began in 1846. The war was the result of the U.S. annexation of Texas.

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In what year were the Texas Rangers established?

The Texas Rangers were established officially in 1835. They remain an integral part of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Texas became a cattle state when?

Span brought cattle to Texas in the 1690s. This began Texas' cattle history.

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Between 1519 and 1848, which country did not lay claim to any part of Texas?

Between 1519 and 1848, France, Spain, Mexico and the U.S. all claimed part of Texas. Even the South claimed it during the Civil War.

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True or False? Dinosaurs never roamed Texas.

This is actually false. Texas was home to about 21 different kinds of dinosaurs, from 225 million years ago to about 65 million years ago. Remember that for trivia night!

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