“Go big or go home!” could be a motto for Texas. When you begin to dig into the details and history of the State of Texas, it is not surprising that Texas souvenirs, such as a Texas shaped cutting board, are so popular; everything in Texas is big and bold, and Texans are loud and proud, and rightly so!
Facts and Figures
- Texas is the second largest state in the contiguous United States both in area and in population;
- Texas has a growing population of nearly 26 million;
- Houston is the largest city in Texas (the fourth largest in the U.S.);
- Texas has been presided over by many nations throughout its history (Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, USA, Confederate States of America); thus the term “six flags over Texas”;
- The word “Texas”, from the Spanish “Tejas”, means “friends” and “allies”;
Lone Star State
- Texas is nicknamed the “Lone Star” State in reminiscence of the State’s struggle to reach independence from Mexico as well as to identify itself as an independent republic;
- Today, this “lone star” is a well-know symbol that is found on the Texas State Flag and the State Seal;
Texas gift ideas: a cowboy hat
- After the Civil War (1861-1865), cattle became a thriving industry in Texas; a result of its long and prosperous history, Texas is deeply connected with the cowboy icon;
- In the 20th century, the first oil discovery lead to an economic boom, the result was investments in universities, a diversified economy and many high tech industries; in 2010, Texas was at the top of the list of States having the most Fortune 500 companies;
- Texas leads the nation in many industries including energy, computers and electronics, agriculture, aerospace, petrochemicals and biomedical sciences; since 2002, it has the highest export revenue and the second-highest gross state product (amount of economic output).
So, the next time you come across the red, white and blue Lone Star flag, mug, coaster or whatever other Texas memorabilia has been adorned with this symbol of pride, be sure to recall the reasons behind this significant star. If you are looking for unique Texas gift ideas consider a Walnut cutting board. Cutting Board USA proposes its own version of quality Texas memorabilia in a stunning Texas shaped cutting board. Using FSC certified walnut wood, this large cutting board is marvellously laser engraved with the Lone Star and the word “Texas”. Visit us at Cutting Board USA, quality wood cutting boards made with pride in the USA.