Saturday, April 8, 2017

PERSPECTIVE

Gregg just posted this on his social media accounts entitled Perspective.  He enjoys looking at maps as do I, and shared this with me.  I liked it and decided to share today.


The outline of Texas transposed onto a map of Europe.  I have always know that Texas is a big state, having taken two days to drive across it years ago. The breadth of Texas is about a thousand miles give or take.  I am also adding two maps of it below.






Interesting facts about Texas.  I found the found the following information here.  

1. Texas is popularly known as The Lone Star State.

2.  The Alamo is located in San Antonio.  It is where Texas defenders fell to Mexican General Santa Anna and where the phrase "Remember the Alamo" originated.

3. The lightning whelk is the official state shell.

4. Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it.  They are Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States and the United States.

5. Although six flags have flown over Texas, there have been eight changes of government.  Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present.

6. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.

7. During the period of July 24 to 26th, 1979, the Tropical Storm Claudette brought 45 inches of rain to an area near Alvin, Texas, contributing to more than $600 million in damages.  Claudette produced the Unites States 24 hour rainfall record of 43 inches.

8. More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States.


9. Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.

10. Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation.

11. The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.


You will also be able to read other interesting facts by clicking on the link above.

43 comments:

  1. I love seeing this, especially because so many of my followers are living in Texas. Is this where you live? And the facts are fascinating; I had no idea about the wool.

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    1. Happy you liked it Ginny and I thought of our blogging friends from that state. I don't live here but remember it from driving across a few years back. A lot of the facts I read were new to me.

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  2. Interesting facts you live in a big country completely different from my Europe which is very crowded and multinational

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    1. I had no idea how big it was until we drove across it Gosia.

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  3. Love that perspective, brilliant. At least we made it to Dallas last year so I have a little more idea of what the big city is about! Love all the facts, thanks Diane

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    1. You are very welcome Diane, happy to hear you made it to Dallas last year.

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  4. And I take something else, from that first illustration... When Europeans, or anyone, start quoting things like... "Compare the number of guns in the US, with the number in England or Spain, etc." Or "compare some other statistic, between the US and Italy, for instance..." I say... Wait!!!!

    Look at the difference in size! And thus, the difference in number of people! Between the United States Of America and those teeny, tiny countries! Thus, their statistics mean nothing.

    Yeahhhhhh...... !!!!!

    -smile-

    Luna Crone

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    1. Hi LC, comparisons without context are always difficult :)

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  5. I really like this perspective, Denise! And thank you so much for sharing all these facts!

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    1. Thank you Linda, you are very welcome :)

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  6. That certainly does put things into perspective!
    Great information too, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  7. No wonder everything is bigger in Texas.

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  8. This was great, Denise!
    Texas is filled with fascinating history.

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  9. This is all interesting, Denise. I have been to Dallas, once when I was young...and then had a short layover in Houston when flying home from LA a few years ago.

    I always think of Tex at The RunARound Ranch Report any time I think of Texas. I still miss her.

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    1. I can't remember the city we drove through Rose. I hope I see more of it one of these days. I miss Tex too!

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  10. We always hear how big Texas is but seldom realize the actual size.

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    1. Me too, this diagram made it sink in for me.

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  11. It sure is a big state except when comparing it to our states, we only have seven in a country as big as yours. I remember being surprised when I found out that Texas had snow, that it had high mountains and that it had beaches. I always thought it was all desert.

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    1. I remember feeling the exact same way when I first moved here Diane, but yes, I would like to see those perspectives with a map on Australia.

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  12. Interesting, Denise. I didn't know Texas was that big or that there had been so many flags before the US.

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    1. Thank you Francisco :) and the same to you.

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  14. Hello Denise, great post. Texas is a big state. Interesting facts! Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Eileen and the same to you.

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  15. lots of our blog friends live in this state.. I like seeing it on Europe because it shows how close all the places there are to each other. I like maps also

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    1. I know Sandra, and I didn't even think about it when I lived over there.

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  16. Like California and Hawaii, Texas was it's own nation for a while.... That map says much!

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  17. My former tenant was from Texas. He was well mannered.

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  18. I lived in Texas for a few months many years ago. I was stationed at Fort Hood, near Kileen, TX when I was in the U.S. Army. .

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  19. Wow, that is a perspective. I remember years ago when my sister lived in West Germany (before the reunification) she told me that West Germany was the size of Oregon and had a 100 million people.

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  20. Hi Denise and wow it really shows us how small we are in comparison to the USA. A really interesting post with some great information, 43 inches of rain????. All the best, John

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    1. Doesn't it just? Always surprises me too, especially when I first came over here 41 years ago and it still takes me by surprise now that we are heading west, just how much land there is here, and I love seeing it.

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  21. Perspective is everything! I never thought about this comparison so it's quite a shock!

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