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Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state in the contiguous United States. The name, meaning “friends” or “allies” in Caddo, was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in East Texas. Located in the South Central United States, Texas is bordered by Mexico to the south, New Mexico to the west, Oklahoma to the north, Arkansas to the northeast, and Louisiana to the east. Texas has an area of 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2), and a growing population of 24.7 million residents.

Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest in the United States, while San Antonio is the second largest in the state and seventh largest in the United States. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and sixth largest United States metropolitan areas, respectively. Other major cities include El Paso and Austin—the state capital. Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State to signify Texas 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 today.

Due to its size and geologic features such as the Balcones Fault, Texas contains diverse landscapes that resemble both the American South and Southwest. Although Texas is popularly associated with the Southwestern deserts, less than 10% of the land area is desert. Most of the population centers are located 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” came from the several nations that had ruled over the territory. Spain was the first European country to claim the area of Texas. France held a short-lived colony in Texas. Mexico controlled the territory until 1836 when Texas won its independence, becoming an independent Republic. In 1845 it joined the United States as the 28th state. The state’s annexation set off a chain of events that caused the Mexican–American War in 1846. A slave state, Texas declared its secession from the United States in early 1861, joining the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. After the war and its restoration to the Union, Texas entered a long period of economic stagnation.

One Texas industry that thrived after the Civil War was cattle. Due to its long history as a center of the industry, Texas is associated with the image of the cowboy. The state’s economic fortunes changed in the early 20th century, when oil discoveries initiated an economic boom in the state. With strong investments in universities, Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century. Today it has more Fortune 500 companies than any other U.S. state. With a growing base of industry, the state leads in many industries, including agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace, and biomedical sciences. It leads the nation in export revenue since 2002 and has the second-highest gross state product. Texas’ GDP per capita (nominally) is ranked 29th in the nation, which is below the national average.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Class Action Economic and Property Damages Settlement

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog South Padre Island Spring Break 2011

South Padre Island Spring Break 2011 South Padre’s wind, waves perfect for water sports SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — South Padre Island is famous as a spring break destination, with concerts, bikini contests and plenty of partying by the college … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Arnold & Itkin LLP Texas Maritime Law Attorneys

Arnold & Itkin LLP Texas Maritime Law Attorneys Texas Maritime Law Attorneys Support New Oil Spill Legislation Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin of the Houston maritime law firm of Arnold & Itkin LLP say proposed federal legislation would force oil … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Known Felon and Serial Polluter

Known Felon and Serial Polluter Class Demands $10 Billion from BP For Pollution From Texas City Refinery GALVESTON, Texas (CN) – Neighbors of BP’s Texas City oil refinery demand $10 billion in punitive damages for years of air pollution that … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Justice Department Indictment Filed Texas

Justice Department Indictment Filed Texas Rancho Viejo man arrested in BP oil spill fund investigation By LAURA B. MARTINEZ, The Brownsville Herald A 36-year-old Rancho Viejo man is out on bail following his arrest on charges he provided false invoices … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Texas Oysters

Texas Oysters Oysters Lose Their Allure Industry Fears the Public Will Shun the Mollusks in the Wake of the BP Spill By JEFFREY BALL SAN LEON, Texas—Truckloads of Gulf of Mexico oysters headed to restaurants and grocery stores over the … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Houston Texas

Houston Texas Spill report may not affect Halliburton liability By BRETT CLANTON Halliburton Co.’s role in the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster is facing fresh scrutiny after federal investigators this week raised new questions about a well-cementing job the company performed at … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Houston

Houston Ramifications of an ‘Obamatorium’  By Sam Fletcher The “Obamatorium” ban of Gulf of Mexico drilling—just lifted last week—has joined “ObamaCare” as yet another catch phrase used by opponents to tie another potential economic disaster to US President Barack Obama’s … Continue reading

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