When Texas Was Its Own Country

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.