Texas State Flags
The Texas state flag is one of the most iconic flags in the United States. It represented the state of Texas during its period of independence, which makes the Texas state flag one of the few flags that has represented both an independent nation and a state within a larger union.
Colors and Symbolism of the Texas State Flag
The current TX flag consists of two horizontal stripes of white and red that stretch out from a vertical bar of blue along the hoist. The blue bar holds a white star with five points. Texas state law has established that the flag of Texas must use the same shades of red, white, and blue as the national flag of the United States, which helps to emphasize the connection between Texas and the rest of the United States. The blue stripe is also a symbol of loyalty, while red stripe represents courage and the white stripe stands for purity. The star represents the unity of Texas, and has become such a strong symbol of the state that it has given the state its nickname.
History of the Texas State Flag
The first flag to represent Texas was a blue flag featuring a gold star in the center. This flag was adopted to represent the Republic of Texas in December 1836, and its design was suggested by Texas' President Burnet. As a result, this version of the Texas flag is often called the Burnet flag.
The origin of the single star design cannot be confirmed, however it is thought that it derives from the Bonnie Blue Flag used in 1810 by settlers in West Florida. The Burnet flag was replaced by the current Texas flag design in 1839, but it remained as the state's legal flag of war until it fell out of use entirely in 1879.
The 1839 design for the flag was the same as the current state flag of Texas, but it fell out of official use in 1845, when Texas joined the United States. Texas used the national flag of the United States instead of a flag of its own until it joined the Confederate States of America in 1861.
The flag that Texas used during its time in the Confederacy had three stripes of red and white with a blue canton that displayed a circle of seven stars. Like many other Confederate flags, it fell out of use after the end of the Civil War. It was not replaced immediately after the war ended, so Texas did not have a state flag until it readopted the flag of 1839 as the state flag in 1933. The design soon became an iconic symbol of Texas, so it has not been changed since that time.
The Texas State Seal
The single star is the only emblem on the state seal, and appears on the light blue disc encircled by a wreath of live branches and oak leaves. The seal was adopted in 1839, and in 1961 was given a reverse side showing the coat of arms designed by Mrs. Farnsworth, and taken up by the legislature after pressure from the Daughters of the American Revolution. The shield on the arms shows the scene at the Alamo, Vince's Bridge, and the Gonzales cannon, together with six flags, the Lone Star and motto - "Texas One and Indivisible".
A short history of Texas (The Lone Star State)
Texas was the largest state in the USA until Alaska's admission in 1959. It's now the second-largest state. Texas was part of Mexico until 1836 when it was able to secede, and form an independent republic. Texas was admitted to the Union on December 29, 1845 and seceded from the Union on January 28, 1861. It was re-admitted in 1870.
Area of Texas: 266,807 sq. miles
Major Products: oil, gas, cotton, maize, livestock
State Motto: Friendship
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