Foundational Knowledge: Texas

Texas brings plenty of land, history to U.S.

Derby Roan, Managing Editor

Texas is the largest state in the U.S. It makes up 7.4% of the country. One Texan ranch, The King Ranch, is larger than the state of Rhode Island. It seems to hold true that everything is bigger in Texas, as it produces the most wool, is home the largest herd of white-tailed deer, has the longest fishing pier and the largest collection of circusiana (circus memorabilia), and holds the record for the highest amount of rainfall in a 24-hour period.
But, Texas is more than its statistics. It’s also home to some very important pieces of our history. The first European settlers arrived in Austin in 1730 and soon relocated near the San Antonio River. In the 1950’s, when segregation was coming to an end, the University of Texas was one of the first in the South to de-segregate. It’s also the place where, in 1963, America’s 35th president was assassinated. To read about alternative theories on John F. Kennedy’s death, check out February’s Conspiracy Corner in the Navigator News!

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