Texas is in the South Central area of the United States of America. It is the 2nd largest state by population and area of land. As Davy Crockett, who died defending the Alamo, quoted, “You can all go to hell, and I will go to Texas!” But some think Texas is in the Midwest.
Texas is not in the Midwest but lies in the south-central region of the USA. It is bordered by Louisiana in the east, to the northeast lies Arkansas, Oklahoma in the north, New Mexico to the West, and the south and southwest Mexico. Texas shares a southeast coastline with the Gulf of Mexico.
Where Is Texas Situated In The USA?
A lot of misconception lies around the actual location of Texas in the USA. But, according to the United States Census Bureau, Texas is a state in the West South-Central States of America.
This area is also unofficially known as the South-Central States. Other states that share this location with Texas are:
- Louisiana in the east
- Arkansas lies to the northeast of Texas
- Oklahoma is to the north
- New Mexico lies to the west of Mexico
- The country of Mexico is located to the south and southwest of Texas
What Is Considered The Midwest In The U.S.?
As stated by the Federal Government, the Midwest is divided into two sections, the Northwest Territory and the Great Plains. The area lies halfway between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains and to the northern side of the Ohio River.
The following states, which do not include Texas, are situated in this region:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
A Quick History Of Texas
Texas was first a colony of Spain, and in 1690 many missions were set up in the area. Texas was not a popular region because it was far from other Spanish colonies. Only a small number of settlers made this area their home. Texas became part of Mexico during the Mexican War of Independence in 1821.
The years after 1821 saw many immigrants from Europe, the United States, and other areas of Mexico settling in Texas. The population was growing rapidly, and by 1834 37,800 people were living in the area, of which only 7,800 were Mexican. But the years followed were not peaceful as there were revolts against Mexican rule, and many Texians sided with the federalists.
A Convention was held in 1832, and it was here that the Texians first requested an independent statehood. They again asked the same at the convention held the following year. But fighting and discord continued in Texas. In 1835 the Texas Revolution was launched by rebellions of Texians, and the Mexican troops in the region were defeated.
However, the Mexican president led his army to defeat the Texian defenders at the Battle of the Alamo. But at the Convention of 1836, the Texian delegates signed an independence declaration, and the Texas Republic was formed.
In 1837 the Texas Republic attempted to be included in the United States. But it was only on December 29, 1845, that Texas became a formal state of The United States of America.
The Texas Geographical Regions
Texas is relatively flat, but there are mountains to the west. This state has 4 geographical regions, the Gulf Coast Plains, North Central Plains, the Great Plains, and the Basin and Range Province.
The Gulf Coast Plains
This vast area of Texas runs along the Gulf of Mexico. The landscape is filled with barrier islands, bays, and inlets of brackish water. The Gulf Coast Plains is divided into:
- The Coastal Prairies that is made up of a small area of what remains of the native grasslands.
- The Piney Woods is an endangered area of coniferous forests in the southeast of Texas.
- The Rio Grande Plain and Lower Rio Grande Valley is situated in the western and southern part of Texas.
- Texas Blackland Prairies is an area of tallgrass prairies.
- The Post Oak Belt is an area between the Blackland Prairie and Piney Woods.
The Interior Lowlands (North Central Plains)
This southwestern area extends into the Texas northeast region. The region is divided into:
- The Rolling Plains are set aside for the growing of wheat and the raising of cattle.
- Grand Prairie is mainly a rural area with few trees and no large cities.
- The Eastern and Western Cross Timbers (Ecoregion 29) is either forested or used for vegetable and fruit crops.
The Great Plains Of Texas
The Great Plains on the east side of the Rocky Mountains is where you will find the High Plains known as the Llano Estacado, a large flat area. The Caprock Escarpment is a fault that divides the West Texas Rolling Plains from the High Plains. At the lower section of the Great Plains is the Edward Plateau, where cattle, sheep, and goats are farmed.
The Basin And The Range Province In West Texas
In this region of West Texas, you will find Guadalupe Peak, which stands 8,749ft high. Another mountain range in this area is the Davis Mountains, formed from a volcano. There is a desert region, the Chihuahuan Desert, which lies in western Texas and parts of the Rio Grande Valley.
The Texas Shoreline
The Gulf South is where Texas has a shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico. This area stretches over 1,200 miles. Texas shares this coastline with four other states, known as the Gulf States. The length of this shoreline stretching over Texas is 367 miles.
Along the coastline is the Gulf Coast Plain which reaches the southern part of Texas. On the western side of the Gulf are many peninsulas and barrier islands. One of these islands is Padre Island which stretches for 130 miles along the Texas coastline. On the eastern side of Texas, the Gulf Coast is mainly marshland.
Over most parts of the east side of Texas, the Gulf Coast experiences extreme rainfall and hurricanes due to its tropical weather system.
Everything in Texas is big! This state has the biggest capital building and is the biggest cattle, cotton, and oil-producing state. Texas has one of the healthiest economies in the U.S., so it is a popular state for working families. This state is also where you will find the friendliest people.
Below are some Texas statistics:
|Area of Texas||268,596 square miles (695,662km2)|
|Capital of Texas||Austin|
|Population (2022 estimate)||30 million|
|Texas Climate||In the west, it is arid, and in the east humid|
|Texas Seasons||Spring = March to MaySummer = June to AugustFall = September to NovemberWinter = December to February|
|Texas Typical Temperatures||July: high = 89°F, average = 84°F, low = 79°FJan: high = 61°F, average = 54°F, low = 49°F|
|Texas Main Exports||Petroleum and CoalComputer and Electronic productsChemicalsTransportation equipment|
|Texas State Abbreviation||TX|
|State Bird of Texas||Mockingbird|
|State Tree of Texas||Pecan|
|State Flower of Texas||Bluebonnet|
FAQs About Texas
Why Is Texas Called The Lone Star?
Texas is also known as the Lone Star state because its independence flag has only one star. This flag was adopted in 1836 when Texas gained its independence from Mexico but was not yet part of the United States of America.
Where Does The Name Texas Come From?
The name Texas is taken from the word ‘Tejas,’ which is a Caddo Indian word meaning ‘allies or friends’
What Is Texas Famous For?
Texas is known for the cowboy boot, Texas Longhorn cattle, cotton, barbecue, the NASA Spacecraft Centre, hot weather, and chili.
Which American President Was Assassinated In Texas?
President J.F Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. The president was riding in an open-topped motorcade and was shot as he passed by the Dealey Plaza. President Lyndon B. Johnson, from Texas, was sworn in on the same day on board Air Force One at Dallas Love Field Airport, Texas.
What Is The Culture Of Texas?
Texas has a rich ranch and cowboy culture. The Rodeo is the official sport of Texas, where you will see cowboys and girls dressed in their boots and cowboy hats. But football is also a well-loved sport in Texas. Country and Western music are part of their culture, but Texans enjoy all music genres.
Texans are known to enjoy a barbecue. But for a quick late-night snack, Texans go to the Whataburger fast-food chain for a burger and a bottle of Dr Pepper, another Texas invention.
What Is The Most Popular Visiting Place For Tourists In Texas?
The San Antonia River Walk is the most popular visiting place for tourists. It is a 15-mile urban waterway you can enjoy by sailing on a river barge or walking along the river. You can enjoy attractions like museums, dine at various eateries, walk in the art garden, and visit nearby attractions such as the Alamo.
What Food Is Texas Known For?
Texas has its version of chili con carne, made from meat and a thick chili sauce made from dried peppers.
Which U.S. Presidents Were Born In Texas?
U.S. State Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower (34th President) was born in Denison, Texas, and Lyndon B. Johnson (36th President) in Stonewall, Texas.
- Texas, Region of the U.S.: wikipedia.org
- Geographical Regions of Texas: nationsonline.org
- The U.S. Midwest: britannica.com
- History of Texas: history.state.gov
- The Texas Shoreline: wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf Coast/
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