Friday, March 1, 2013


March 1, 1845 President John Tyler signed the bill authorizing the annexation of the Republic of Texas by the United States. Texas became the 28th state on December 29, 1845.

Tomorrow, March 2, is Texas Independence Day.  It commemorates the Texas declaration of independence from Mexico and was promulgated on March 2, 1836.  Texas Independence Day is a legal holiday in Texas.  It is also known as Sam Houston Day and Texas Flag Day.

Official flag of the Lone Star State

In addition to Texas, two other states of the Union were independent republics prior to joining the United States.  Name them.

They were Vermont which joined the nation as the 14th state in 1791 and Hawaii which became the 50th state in 1959.


Shelly said...

I know well what tomorrow is, but I didn't at all know about Vermont and Hawaii- it starts my day with a smile that I've learned something new!

Vee said...

Did everyone in Texas get the memo or do some residents think Texas is a country? : )

vanilla said...

Shelly, I learned that while searching origins of Texas Flag Day

Vee, most Texans understand their history. But probably not all of them.

Sharkbytes said...

Hmmm- good trivia question. Not sure of the answers. I think California was. New Mexico?

vanilla said...

Sharkey, Vermont 1791 and Hawaii 1959.