One of several Ammonite fossils that were (and may still be) on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Happy Texas Independence Day!
Texas gained its independence on March 2, 1836 after General Sam Houston defeated General Antonio López de Santa Anna‘s Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto; a battle which lasted only 18 minutes.
Everyone knows what Texas looks like today, but it was very different in 1845. Most of the northern territory was said to be in dispute, but the U.S. War Department nevertheless drew the map (similar to the commemorative map below) to include those lands as a part of the Republic of Texas.
Texas was annexed into the United States on December 29, 1845 as the 28th state.
By the way, if Texas were a sovereign nation, it would be the 10th largest economy in the world. It’s the second largest in the U.S. and exports more than California and New York…combined.
Which do you prefer, color or black and white?
Among the world’s remaining battleships, Texas is notable for being the first US battleship to become a permanent museum ship, the first battleship declared to be a US National Historic Landmark, and is the only remaining World War I–era dreadnought battleship. She is also noteworthy for being one of only seven remaining ships and the only remaining capital ship to have served in both World Wars.