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) is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.
Spain was the first European country to claim the area of Texas. Mexico controlled the territory until 1836 when Texas won its independence, becoming an independent Republic. The state's annexation set off a chain of events that led to the Mexican–American War in 1846.
With strong investments in universities, Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century.
As of 2015, it is second on the list of the most Fortune 500 companies with 54. in state export revenue since 2002, and has the second-highest gross state product.
The vast geographic, economic, and cultural diversity within the state itself prohibits easy categorization of the whole state into a recognized region of the United States.
Notable extremes range from East Texas which is often considered an extension of the Deep South, to Far West Texas which is generally acknowledged to be part of the interior Southwest.