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Dec 29, 1845 CE: Texas Becomes a State

Dec 29, 1845 CE: Texas Becomes a State

On December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state in the United States.

Grades

6 - 12

Subjects

Social Studies, U.S. History

On December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state in the United States. Formerly part of Mexico, Texas had been an independent country since 1836.

Since its independence, Texas had sought annexation by the U.S. However, the process took nearly 10 years due to political divisions over slavery. Texas entered the nation as a state that legalized slavery, and seceded from it 15 years later as part of the Confederate States of America. Shortly after the elction of Abraham Lincoln, the confederacy seceded from the United States to continue enslaving people of African descent.

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National Geographic Society
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Mary Crooks, National Geographic Society
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Last Updated

May 20, 2022

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