Well, this one is kind of interesting for me. Since I lived, worked, and was a resident of Texas for a number of years, it was neat to discover that on this date in1845, Texas became the 28th state. I did not know until I lived in Texas that it was the only state that actually was its own country–the Republic of Texas. Then a lot of things made sense. I understood why Texas did things so differently from other parts of the country!
It should come as no surprise that this move by President Polk angered Mexico. And they were further angered when the Rio Grande was announced as the boundary. It did require some military influence to “settle” the issue. And is wasn’t too many years later the Civil War broke out with Texas as a slave state.
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