Explore map of Texas, the 2nd largest state in the USA by both area and population. Houston is the most populous city in TX and the 4th largest in the United States, while San Antonio is the 2nd most populous city in the state and 7th largest in the United States. From the largest Ferris wheel in Western Hemisphere to desert scenery of Guadalupe Mountains National Park this detailed map of Texas lets you explore the state.
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Archaeologists have discovered that three major indigenous cultures inhabited this territory before European contact.
These were the Pueblo, the Mississippi culture and the culture of Mesoamerica. Europeans had by and large ignored the area until settling there in 1685.
The term "six flags over Texas" is used to refer to the fact that 6 nations have claimed sovereignty over the state at various points of history. These states are Spain, France, Mexico, the United States, the Republic of Texas, and the Confederate States of America. The US made claims to the territory as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Mexico regained Texas in the Mexican War of Independence in 1821. The Texas Revolution led to an independent state in 1835. And in 1845, Texas was annexed by the U.S.
Texas is the second most populated state in the US. It is also the second largest state in the U.S. It is situated in the South Central part of the United States. It shares a border with Mexico to the south and the US states of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. It's total area is 268,820 square miles (696,200 sq km).
The Texas state has 10 climatic regions, 14 different types of soil regions, and 11 distinct ecological regions. Its classification into different types of regions is thus tricky. One system of classification into the Gulf Coastal Plains, Interior Lowlands, Great Plains, and Basin and Range Province.
Travel Major cities in Texas include Austin – the state capital and the live music capital of the world, Corpus Christi – the home to the famous Texas State Aquarium, Dallas – another popular tourist place, El Paso – located on the US border with Mexico, Houston – where the NASA mission control center is located, and San Antonio – famous for its night life.
Texas has a rich historic heritage and makes for a good getaway for history enthusiasts. Texas is also known for its beaches, wildlife activities and water activities and is a good destination for young adults. It also makes for a great family vacation due to its amusement parks, water parks and aquariums. The state has something for everyone.
Several major universities are found in Texas. These include the prestigious University of Texas at Austin and the Texas A & M University. Some other universities are Texas Tech University, University of Houston, Baylor University, University of Texas at San Antonio, etc.