Texas is the country's second largest state by size and population. It has a unique and varied history, having been ruled by a succession of nations-from which the term, six flags over Texas, sprang, before becoming an independent republic. From its traditional oil, cattle and co...tton industries to the modern energy, electronics, computer, aerospace and biomedical industries, Texas has become an economic powerhouse. It's known for its low taxes, diverse population, thriving universities and arts scenes. Exploring the state's fascinating history, people, myths, culture, and trivia, The Handy Texas Answer Book takes an in-depth look look at this fascinating and diverse state with the out-sized personality. Find answers to more than 850 questions, including What is the origin of "Howdy?" Is it true that Texas's annexation to the United States was never really legal? How did the discovery of Texas oil change the face of American business? How did rodeos originate?