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Texas // Austin, TX // Southwest Region // Central Time
(The Lone Star State)
Revolution against Mexican Government: October 2, 1835 - April 21, 1836
Battle of the Alamo: February 23, 1836 - March 6, 1836
Independence from Mexico declared: March 2, 1836
Republic of Texas[1]: March 2, 1836 - February 19, 1846

Annexation by the United States[1]:

December, 29, 1845
US Statehood granted: December, 29, 1845 // 28th State
American-Mexican War[1]: April 25, 1846 - February 2, 1848
(official US declaration of war to Mexico, May 13, 1846)

Secession from Union:

February 1, 1861
Confederacy joined: March 2, 1861
Civil War: April 12, 1861 - May 9, 1865
Readmitted to Congress: March 30, 1870
End of Reconstruction: January 14, 1873
[1] The ongoing dispute on the southern and western boundary line of Texas (Nueces River [claimed by Mexico] or Rio Grande River [claimed by Texas/US]) and the annexation of the Republic of Texas by the United States led to the American-Mexican War. On April 25, 1846 a 2,000-men strong Mexican cavalry detachment attacked a 70-men US patrol. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed on February 2, 1848, ended the war. Mexico had to accept Texas (among other territories) as independent and the Rio Grande as its national border to the United States.
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#4323 // August 16, 2012
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
Texas State Flag
and field of cotton
#1995 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
(Mimus polyglottus)
and Bluebonnet
#1660 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
Texas State Flag

#776 // March 2, 1936 // Gonzales, TX
Independence of Texas from Mexico

The Alamo,

Sam Houston (* 1793, † 1863)
first president of the Republic of Texas,

Stephen F. Austin (1793, † 1836),
American empresario,
known as the "Father of Texas" who brought
the first 300 families to the American colony
in Texas, part of the Mexican Republic
#938 // December 29, 1945 // Austin, TX
Texas Statehood

US flag with a ray shining from the
28th star to the single star on the
Texas state flag

#1043 // June 14, 1956 // San Antonio, TX
Definitive stamp
Liberty Series
The Alamo, San Antonio, TX
National Historic Landmark
#1330 // August 17, 1967 // San Antonio, TX
American Folklore Series
Davy Crockett (* 1786, † 1836)
Frontiersman, hunter, and congressman
from Tennessee who died at the Alamo

Davy Crockett with rifle in hunting clothing
in front of pine brush
"The Alamo" was a fortress-like old Spanish mission that was named after the Spanish word for cottonwood trees that surrounded the mission in the center of San Antonio, TX.
From February 23 to March 6, 1836, 187 American settlers defended the Alamo against a Mexican army of 2000 soldiers. No male adult of the settlers survived. Many famous men died while defending the Alamo, including Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William B. Travis.
"The Alamo" became an American mythm and legend.

#1242 // January 10, 1964
General Sam Houston
(* 1793, † 1863)

Texas Hero and Statesman,
First President of the
Republic of Texas
#2204 // March 2, 1986
Republic of Texas and
Battle of San Jacinto

Texas State Flag and Silver Spur
#2968 // June 16, 1995
Texas Statehood

Texas State Flag
and Rodeo Cowboy

#3603 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from Texas

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View Texas state quarter
View Texas state map
View Texas clock

The state name derives from the Caddo-Indian word
"teyshas", meaning "friends" or "allies".
The Texas state motto is simply "Friendship".
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
261,797 [678.051]
ranked 2nd
(census 2010)
ranked 2nd
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
96 [37]
ranked 27th
The State of Texas has 245 counties (most of any other state).
In southwest Texas the Rio Grande River marks a 1,241-mile-long (1.997 km)
international border with the Mexican states of
Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.
Historic Route 66 leads 186 miles (299 km) through Texas.

The ZIP code turned 50 in 2013

Stamped Cards 

#UX71 // July 20, 1977 // Galveston, TX
Stamped Postal Card
Historic Preservation Series
Federal Court House, Galveston, TX
National Historic Landmark
The brick building was completed in 1861 before the outbreak of the American Civil War in Greek Revival architecture in 114 days only. Restoration and use of the building as headquarter of the Galveston Historical Foundation in 1998/99.

#UX155 // June 14, 1991 // Galveston, TX
Stamped Postal Card
"Old Red"
(Ashbel Smith Building),
University of Texas, Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, TX
The building was constructed in 1890/91 under the supervision of the Galveston architect Nicholas J. Clayton in Romanesque Revival style. The medical school is the oldest one west of the Mississippi River.


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