I was born and raised in the great state of Texas. When I was about ten years old I met a friend’s cousin who was visiting from another state and asked her if knew any songs about her state. She gave me a weird look. The following conversation went something like this…You mean you don’t know a state song by heart? For instance, I know “Texas Our Texas”, “Deep in the Heart of Texas”, “The Yellow Rose of Texas”, etc. Well, tell me something about its history. What? You aren’t required to take a history class about your state? Oh…That’s when I realized that Texas was special because its people were proud of their heritage and knew their history.
It is a history lived through the lives of homesteaders, slaves, cotton kings, cattle barons, cowboys, Native Americans and even pirates. It spans centuries that brought foreign rule, revolution, independence, and statehood. Independence is probably the segment of Texas history most often forgotten by everyone—except Texans. We remember it as surely as we remember the Alamo for that battle along with many others was waged in pursuit of the dream which became a reality when the Republic of Texas was established in 1836.
This sovereign nation stretched from the shore line of the Gulf of Mexico in the south to the Canadian border in the north encompassing land later divided into six other states. Texans created their own constitution, elected a president, elected congressmen who inaugurated members of a Supreme Court, and adopted a flag and seal. The United States of America even assigned an ambassador for Texas thus acknowledging the new nation as the sovereign power it was.
Difficulties mounted for the young nation due to continued harassment from a Mexican government determined to keep Texas in turmoil and warring Comanche Indians not eager to give up their traditional lands. On October 13, 1846, Texas approved the annexation agreement offered to them by United States. On that day, Texans did not lower their flag. They simply raised the American one to equal standing. We are the only state allowed to fly our flag on the same level as the flag of the United States.
Those ten years of sovereignty forever marked the culture of the Texas and the character of its people. Independence runs deep in our veins. It fuels our slogans “don’t
mess with Texas”, “a whole ‘nother country”, “everything is bigger (and better) in Texas”. It gives us the initiative to do the seemingly impossible like land on the moon or, for the heroine of A Texas-made Match, land a husband.
As the town’s most successful matchmaker Ellie O’Brien seems quite capable of finding love for everyone—but herself. In true Texas fashion, she takes matters into her own hands and starts a revolution of romance in her town. Will her efforts find the love she’s always longed for or just a whole heap of trouble? Well, when your love is Texas-made, it’s guaranteed to be as big and bold as the state itself.
Now, that y’all know about my state. I’d love to hear about yours. What state are you from? What interesting trivia or history can you share with us about it?