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Texas (, also locally ; Spanish: Texas or Tejas, pronounced [ˈtexas] (listen)) is a state in the South Central Region of the United States. It is the second largest U.S. state by both area (after Alaska) and population (after California). Texas shares borders with the states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the south and southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S., while San Antonio is the second-most populous in the state and seventh largest in the U.S. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and fifth largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country, respectively. Other major cities include Austin, the second-most populous state capital in the U.S., and El Paso. Texas is nicknamed the "Lone Star State" for its former status as an independent republic, and as a reminder of the state's struggle for independence from Mexico. The "Lone Star" can be found on the Texas state flag and on the Texas state seal. The origin of Texas's name is from the word táyshaʼ, which means "friends" in the Caddo language.

Due to its size and geologic features such as the Balcones Fault, Texas contains diverse landscapes common to both the U.S. Southern and the Southwestern regions. Although Texas is popularly associated with the U.S. southwestern deserts, less than ten percent of Texas's land area is desert. Most of the population centers are in areas of former prairies, grasslands, forests, and the coastline. Traveling from east to west, one can observe terrain that ranges from coastal swamps and piney woods, to rolling plains and rugged hills, and finally the desert and mountains of the Big Bend.

The term "six flags over Texas" refers to several nations that have ruled over the territory. Spain was the first European country to claim and control the area of Texas. France held a short-lived colony. Mexico controlled the territory until 1836 when Texas won its independence, becoming the Republic of Texas. In 1845, Texas joined the union as the 28th state. The state's annexation set off a chain of events that led to the Mexican–American War in 1846. A slave state before the American Civil War, Texas declared its secession from the U.S. in early 1861, and officially joined the Confederate States of America on March 2 of the same year. After the Civil War and the restoration of its representation in the federal government, Texas entered a long period of economic stagnation.

Historically four major industries shaped the Texas economy prior to World War II: cattle and bison, cotton, timber, and oil. Before and after the U.S. Civil War the cattle industry, which Texas came to dominate, was a major economic driver for the state, thus creating the traditional image of the Texas cowboy. In the later 19th century cotton and lumber grew to be major industries as the cattle industry became less lucrative. It was ultimately, though, the discovery of major petroleum deposits (Spindletop in particular) that initiated an economic boom which became the driving force behind the economy for much of the 20th century. Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century. As of 2015, it is second on the list of the most Fortune 500 companies with 54. With a growing base of industry, the state leads in many industries, including tourism, agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace, and biomedical sciences. Texas has led the U.S. in state export revenue since 2002 and has the second-highest gross state product. If Texas were a sovereign state, it would have the 10th largest economy in the world.

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The sign outside of the Area 1 dining facility on Biggs

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U.S. Army Reservist Staff Sgt. Walter Talens, a combat

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Spc. Ben C. Ballard, a Menomonie, Wis., native, and

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U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, right, the commander

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Eddie Vasquez, an employee of the Commercial Records

Eddie Vasquez, an employee of the Commercial Records Center, raises a trash can loaded with paper into the mobile shredding truck during a base free shredding day, at Fort Bliss, Texas, April 10, 2013. (U.S. Ar... More

U.S. Air Force Airman Colton West, 316th Training Squadron

U.S. Air Force Airman Colton West, 316th Training Squadron

U.S. Air Force Airman Colton West, 316th Training Squadron student, holds the Gideon at the position of attention while the flight is sized for an open rank inspection outside of the 316th TRS on Goodfellow Air... More

U.S. Army Col. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., the commander

U.S. Army Col. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., the commander

U.S. Army Col. Thomas R. Tempel Jr., the commander of U.S. Army Dental Command passes the unit colors to Col. George J. Hucal, right, the incoming commander for Western Regional Dental Command (Provisional), du... More

Thuy Depew, a Master Resiliency Training Program instructor,

Thuy Depew, a Master Resiliency Training Program instructor,

Thuy Depew, a Master Resiliency Training Program instructor, teaches an MRT lesson block May 21 to a group of military family members at the Family Resiliency Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jes... More

Once separate now together in Poland

Once separate now together in Poland

Sgt. Amanda Smith, a religious affairs non-commissioned officer with the 3-227th Assault Helicopter Battalion based out of Fort Hood, Texas, holds hands with her husband, Sgt. James Smith, a technical inspector... More

Yasmin Ramirez, (right) a youth mentor with the Boys

Yasmin Ramirez, (right) a youth mentor with the Boys

Yasmin Ramirez, (right) a youth mentor with the Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso, Texas, talks with Cheyenne Briddell, age 16, a teenager mentored by Ramirez for the past five months, during a meeting for a teen... More

Part of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 93rd

Part of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 93rd

Part of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 93rd Military Police Battalion, assigned to Fort Bliss, stand tall during the first of two re-deployment ceremonies at Mitchell W. Stout gym here on Fort Bliss,... More

Pfc. Michael Kosarick, a native of Pembroke, Mass.,

Pfc. Michael Kosarick, a native of Pembroke, Mass.,

Pfc. Michael Kosarick, a native of Pembroke, Mass., and food service specialist assigned to 82nd Sustainment Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., prepares scrambled eggs inside a Mobile ... More

27th Brigade Support Battalion going home

27th Brigade Support Battalion going home

U.S. Army Col. William Benson, the commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, presents Soldiers with coins of excellence following the 27th Brigade Support Battalion casing of colors ceremo... More

U. S. Army 1st Sgt. Valente Ortiz, 59th Mobility

U. S. Army 1st Sgt. Valente Ortiz, 59th Mobility

U. S. Army 1st Sgt. Valente Ortiz, 59th Mobility Augmentation Company, 8th Engineer Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas, gives instructions to soldiers of Route Clearance Company, 2nd Kandak of the Afghan National Army... More

Spc. Christian Brown, data support team chief, and

Spc. Christian Brown, data support team chief, and

Spc. Christian Brown, data support team chief, and Spc. Ryan Pierce, satellite communications operator, both assigned to 586th Network Support Company, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, install a Very Sma... More

Janine Smith from the Montana Barbeque Company prepares

Janine Smith from the Montana Barbeque Company prepares

Janine Smith from the Montana Barbeque Company prepares ribs and chicken for the Bliss Brews and Que festival at Freedom Crossing on main post Fort Bliss from Oct. 12 to 14. The Bliss Brews and Que Festival ga... More

United States Army Soldiers from 1st Squad, 1st Platoon,

United States Army Soldiers from 1st Squad, 1st Platoon,

United States Army Soldiers from 1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Team Eagle, Task Force 2-7 Infantry, navigate an obstacle course during a Best Squad competition held at the Great Lithuanian Hetman Jonusas Radvila Trai... More

Sgt. Daniel Hadley, schools non-commissioned officer

Sgt. Daniel Hadley, schools non-commissioned officer

Sgt. Daniel Hadley, schools non-commissioned officer for Company C, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, looks at a new type of tent under evaluation, April 30, 2012, at Fort Bliss, Texas, befor... More

Pfc. Dustin Bennett, supply clerk, 212th Fires Brigade,

Pfc. Dustin Bennett, supply clerk, 212th Fires Brigade,

Pfc. Dustin Bennett, supply clerk, 212th Fires Brigade, Fort Bliss, Texas, performs a forward flip on the Eurobungy during the BOSS Bash at Biggs Park, Fort Bliss, September 27. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert ... More

A U.S. Army staff sergeant salutes the casket of Sgt.

A U.S. Army staff sergeant salutes the casket of Sgt.

A U.S. Army staff sergeant salutes the casket of Sgt. Maj. William O. Wooldridge, the first person to fill the position of Sergeant Major of the Army, as it is taken from the back of a hearse and carried into t... More

Ocsar Murga, a volunteer at the Soldier Activity Center,

Ocsar Murga, a volunteer at the Soldier Activity Center,

Ocsar Murga, a volunteer at the Soldier Activity Center, Fort Bliss, Texas, sets up a route for competitors to follow on the rock wall prior to the Bliss Bourlder Battle, 11 Oct. Murga, a 25-year-old native of ... More

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