It’s no secret that we love the Lone Star State. The BBQ is Goode, the music is great, folks are friendly and there’s nothing finer than a little late night two-stepping with an ice-cold Shiner in hand. There are many things that Texans are known for, including their larger-than-life state pride, so we’re testing how Texan you are with a little Texas History quiz.
Write down your answers and scroll to the bottom to see how well you did.
1. What country did we declare our independence from during the Texas Revolution?
2. What year did we declare our independence from said country?
3. What was the name of the final battle of the Texas Revolution?
a. Battle of Goliad
b. Battle of San Jacinto
c. Battle of Gonzales
4. Who was the first elected president of the Republic of Texas?
a. Davy Crockett
b. Stephen F. Austin
c. Sam Houston
5. Which six flags have flown over Texas?
6. What do the colors on the Texas flag represent?
7. Where was the first capital of an elected government of the Republic of Texas?
8. What year did Texas join the United States?
9. Texas was the ____ state to join the Union?
10. Bonus Question: Who invented Barbequed brisket?
b. Sam Houston
c. Davy Crockett
Time to check your answers!
1. Mexico (c)
During the Texas Revolution, the Mexican government and the Texas colonists fought over political and cultural differences and eventually the Texans won, gaining their independence from Mexico.
2. 1836 (a)
Although March 2, 1836 is the official date for the forming of the Republic of Texas, it was April 21, 1836 when the Texian army officially defeated the Mexican army, gaining their independence from Mexico.
3. Battle of San Jacinto (b)
Led by General Sam Houston, the Texian army defeated Santa Anna’s Mexican army in a surprise attack at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. You can visit the battleground at the San Jacinto Museum and Monument, which is just a 30 minute drive east of Houston.
4. Sam Houston (c)
Although Sam Houston wasn’t a native Texan, he was the first president of the Republic of Texas and is also credited with bringing Texas into the United States. Sam Houston served as president for the Republic of Texas from October 1836 – December 1838 and again from December 1841 – December 1944.
5. Six countries had sovereignty over some or all of the current territory of Texas. In this order, Texas was ruled by Spain (1519 – 1685), France (1686 – 1690), Mexico (1821 – 1836), the Republic of Texas (1836 – 1845), the United States of America (1845 – 1861, 1865 – present) and the Confederate States of America (1861 – 1865).
6. Blue represents loyalty. White represents purity. Red represents bravery.
7. Columbia (b)
Known today as West Columbia, Columbia was the original capital of the Republic of Texas starting in October of 1836. Four other sites also served as temporary capitals of Texas in 1836, including Washington-on-the-Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston and Velasco, before the capital was moved to Houston in 1837. It wasn’t until 1839 that the capital was moved to it’s seventh and final destination, a small settlement off the Colorado River in central Texas named Waterloo, which was soon renamed Austin in honor of Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas.
8. 1845 (b)
It was as early as 1837 when Sam Houston started the negotiations for the annexation of Texas, but it wasn’t until December 29, 1845, that Congress officially admitted Texas to the United States of America as a constituent state of the Union.
9. 28th (c)
Texas was the 28th state to enter the United States entering in 1845 following Florida and before Iowa.
10. Bonus Question: Cowboys (a)
Back in the day, cowboys were left with only the brisket after selling off the more desirable cuts of beef. We can thank them for figuring out how to turn these leftovers into one of Texans’ favorite delicacies.