Texans love to remind people that we were once an independent republic. We throw that around a lot. People from California, Hawaii, and even Vermont like to push back that they too were once sovereign nations. But Texas is bigger. And we were an independent country for almost a decade. California didn’t last a month, though they did get that cool bear-flag from their republic days. Texas had its own flag as well. It was a single star on a field of blue. It’s the origin of the “Lone Star State” nickname. Our current flag still has the lone star to remind us of our days as an independent republic. Did I mention that we were once an independent republic?