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Texas became the 28th state of the Union in 1845. Texas is located in the south-central part of the country and is the largest state by the area outside of Alaska.
The state stretches for nearly 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from north to south, and about the same distance from east to west. Water delineates many of its boundaries.
The meandering course of the Red River makes up the eastern two-thirds of Texas’s border with Oklahoma to the north, while the rest of the northern border is the Panhandle jutting north, forming its counterpart in that state’s western part. The Sabine River forms much of the Louisiana border to the east, where it also shares a land border with Arkansas.
The crescent-shaped coastline of the Gulf of Mexico is in the southeast, while the Rio Grande River separates Texas from Mexico in the southwest. New Mexico is in the west. Austin, located in the south-central part of the state, is the capital.
The sheer size and diversity of Texas are evident in almost every aspect of its physical characteristics, economy, history, and cultural life. The Texas territory was part of the Spanish Empire for over a century. It was then part of the new country of Mexico from 1821 to 1836 when it gained independence and lived a short life as a republic before joining the Union.
The image of Texas was that of a rough and lawless frontier when it gave up its independence to become a state. Although Texans still identify strongly with their cowboy heritage, the image of the state of Texas has changed dramatically over the course of the 20th century; modern-day Texas is known for its vast agricultural wealth, great oil and natural gas production, industry and finance, vast urban centers that foster a cosmopolitan cultural life, and seemingly endless expanses of highland prairie and pasture dedicated to cattle and cotton.
The name of the state comes from the word Caddo thecas, which means “allies” or “friends”. Texas is generally divided into East and West, although the dividing line between the two is ambiguous. However, in general, East Texas has a humid climate, characterized by cotton and ties to the Old South, while West Texas is arid and known for cattle grazing and proximity to the West.