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The San Jacinto Battleground Monument

The San Jacinto Monument is a 570' (173.7 m) limestone shaft topped by a 34' (10.3 m)-220 ton star symbolizing "The Lone Star Republic"...It was erected between 1936-1939.

At this site next to Buffalo Bayou(Houston Ship Channel) on April, 21, 1836 General Sam Houston with 820 men of the Texas army defeated General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and 1,250 men of the Mexican army. 9 men of the Texas army lost their lives along with 630 men of the Mexican army. With the surrender of Santa Anna the great Republic of Texas was formed.

Texas is the only state of The United States of America that can fly a white star on a blue background on her state flag, thus the nick-name, "The Lone Star State". Texas is the only state that has in her charter the right to secede from the Union at any time. When Texas became a state she is the only state not to give up her unincorporated land to the United States. That is why Texas has State Parks instead of National Parks.

State Motto: Friendship
State Song: Texas Our Texas
State Tree: Pecan
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Bluebonnet
State Fruit: Ruby Red Grapefruit
State Vegetable: Sweet Onion
State Animal: Nine-Banded Armadillo
State Reptile: Texas Horned Lizard
State Mammal: Longhorn & Mexican Free-Tailed Bat
State Insect: Monarch Butterfly
State Dog: Blue Lacey
State Fish: Guadalupe Bass

Six flags have flown over Texas soil;

Spain...1519-1685 & 1690-1821



The Republic of Texas...1836-1845

The United States of America...1845-1861 &

The Confederate States of America...1861-1865


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