When Texas Was Its Own Country

By | March 1, 2019

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1839: The flag of the Republic of Texas, the 'Lone Star' state was admitted to the Union in 1845. Source: (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

Today, it seems strange to think that Texas could still be its own country. Imagine needing a passport to visit Houston or having to exchange your money to buy something in Austin? If Texas were an independent country, neither Dwight Eisenhower or Lyndon Johnson, the two U.S. presidents who were born in Texas, would have been able to become president. Texas’s independence was brief (only about ten years). So here's the story of when, before there were 50 states, quizzically, Texas was its very much own country, if only briefly. 

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The Alamo. Source: (thealamo.org)

Texas Won Independence From Mexico

Texas and the surrounding area, known as the Mexican Texas, declared its independence from Mexico in 1836 in an event known as the Texas Revolution. During Texas’s war for independence, several notable battles were fought. The Battle of the Alamo was perhaps the most famous. On April 21, 1836, the war ended and Texas became a sovereign nation, though Mexico refused to acknowledge it. The new country was named the Republic of Texas and the citizens called themselves Texians, not Texans.