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Historical Texas

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Every State has it's history, and are very proud of it.  Texas is no different.  It has a very unique history full of shifting allegiances.  At one point or another France, Spain, Mexico, the confederacy , and the United States have all claimed sovereignty.  Additionally, they have declared themselves an independent Republic.  A notion that some say still prevails.

In our two months in the State, roughly following the Rio Grande River, we saw evidence of that history, while at the same time only scratching the surface.  Here are the few examples that recount that history, and the state's western culture.

San Antonio and the Alamo
The Alamo is perhaps the most sacred place in Texas.  The site has armed guards at the entrance of the church to ensure that men remove their hats, and show proper decorum and respect.  It was first established in 1718 as the Mission San Antonio de Valero.  The missions were how the Spanish claimed and developed land in the new world.  The mission is t…