History has molded Texas — literally — to form today's unmistakable shape with its sharp angles of the Panhandle, sweeping curves along Mexico and jagged edges near the Red River and the Gulf.
Now, nearly 170 years since the state's borders were defined, we eat Texas-shaped waffles, swim in Texas-shaped pools and sleep on Texas-shaped pillows.
It's something Texans take pride in and wear as a badge of honor. Plain and simple.
Like everything else, there’s a story behind how Texas got its unique shape.
Let's start on Oct. 2, 1835 — back when Texas was still a part of Mexico. That's when rebels, who came to be known as Texians, refused to return a small, brass cannon to Mexico.
The phrase "Come and take it!" should ring a bell.
Their defiance sparked the Battle of Gonzales — considered to be the first of the Texas Revolution.
Exactly five months later, Texas declared independence from Mexico.
Texas was even bigger back then. It used to cover the entire state plus portions of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.
Today's Texas shape was largely defined by the Compromise of 1850. In that deal, Texas, which was deep in debt, was offered $10 million by the U.S. government in exchange for giving up all land north and west of its modern-day boundaries.
Since then, there were attempts to divide Texas into smaller states — but none of them were successful.
'This is a foreign country'
Watch a short video from The History Channel on how Texas got its shape and what it means to people who call it home.
Texans aren't shy about how they feel about their state. And it turns out that things large and small can be reproduced — and Texans would argue made better — in the shape of Texas. Below are just a few examples.
If you want to contribute your Texas-shaped treasure, tweet us at @keranews.
You can spot the shape of Texas...
In a crop field
Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls sure looks good from above: pic.twitter.com/QlNdS9Aht6
— Texas Humor (@TexasHumor) May 28, 2014
— Texas Corn Producers (@TexasCorn) September 26, 2017
At a swimming pool
Beautiful day in Houston. View from my room. The lazy river in the shape of Texas is pretty amazing. pic.twitter.com/B6DZiOiN7T
— Frank Frangie (@Frank_Frangie) September 9, 2017
— The Texas Pool (@texaspoolplano) July 8, 2017
On the roof
I will own a house like this one day RT @Awe_chitecture: The House shaped like Texas. pic.twitter.com/7dGEFRM8pW
— Josh Abbott (@joshabbottband) December 14, 2013
In the bathroom
— Andrea Frankenfeld (@andreafrank) February 27, 2013
As the letter "O"
— Hunter Johnston (@huntRjohnston) August 6, 2017
As a juicy steak
— Night Hawk Foods (@NightHawkFoods) October 23, 2016
In a cup of coffee
Late night coffee sips are best from a Texas shaped mug. pic.twitter.com/3LigKSuqE4
— Reagan Shafer (@reaganshafer) March 23, 2017
On a Texan's body forever
— cx (@cxcope) August 30, 2017
As a bottle of tequila
— Hunter Johnston (@huntRjohnston) August 8, 2017
On the grill
Only in Texas would the grill at the rest area be the shape of.. we'll of course, TEXAS pic.twitter.com/9hTI9XXJjT
— YO$Hii (@YashnelMartinez) February 6, 2017
In a bag of H-E-B chips
— Jeff Kessinger (@JKessingerCCHN) July 29, 2017
During the total solar eclipse
— Harshal S Chhaya (@hschhaya) August 21, 2017
In a glass of sweet tea
— JennaSue Jerrica (@JennaSueJerrica) March 21, 2016