Texas



تگزاس :: تگزاسThe state of Texas is famous for having the biggest and best of everything. Before Alaska became a state, Texas was the largest American state. It was also famous for its huge cattle ranches. Cotton is a major crop, but much of the wealth comes from oil and gas. People think of Texans as being wealthy because there have been lots of cattle and oil millionaires. In the late nineteenth century, Texas cattlemen used to drive their herds north to Kansas.

There a train to the east shipped the cows. Eventually, the railroad came to Texas and the great cattle drive stopped. By then, many Texans owned large ranches and were quite wealthy. In the twentieth century, oil has made many Texans wealthy. Oil refining has led to chemical industries and synthetic products. Most Texans now live in cities. Many oil companies have their headquarters in Dallas. Other large manufacturing cities are Houston, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth and Austin, which is the Capital of Texas. Several cities, such as San Antonio and El Paso, have a strong Spanish influence. This dates back to the first Spanish visitors in the sixteenth century. The old mission at San Antonio is famous as the Alamo, where an important battle for Texas independence was fought.

Texas is a huge area with mountains, deserts, prairies, rivers and islands. The rugged beauty of its grasslands and deserts attracts many tourists. For a state that is mostly dry, Texas has a remarkable variety of wildflowers in the spring. Its animals and birds differ from other parts of the U.S.A. Texas has the armored insect eater, the Armadillo; the swift running bird, the Roadrunner; prairie dogs, jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, wild pigs, horned lizards, and one hundred species of snakes!

As might be expected also, it has many beautiful kinds of cacti and other desert plants. At its largest, Texas is more than 600 miles wide by 600 miles long. Such a large area develops a distinct culture of its own. And Texans are widely recognized by their accent and manner of speaking, their attitudes and interests and their sense of independence and self-reliance. Texas is also known for its beautiful women, who regularly win national beauty contests. Its men have a reputation for being rugged, for not talking more than they have to and for being straightforward and honest.

Although many people think of cowboys and Indians when they think of Texas, it is a center for high-tech industries. The American space program has its headquarters in Houston, and Mission Control Center is there. Texas is also an important manufacturer of computers and other high tech products. Oil production is still important in Texas, but it ranks third as a source of revenue behind manufacturing and tourism. The colorful history of Texas and its wonderful scenery contribute to a thriving tourist industry. Texas is also an important business and financial area. Yes, even though times have changed, Texans proudly maintain that their state still has the biggest and the best of everything.

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  • ship

    to send goods somewhere by ship, plane, truck etc
    ship something out/to/over etc
    A new engine was shipped over from the US.


    eventually

    after a long time, or after a lot of things have happened
    He eventually escaped and made his way back to England. Eventually, she got a job and moved to London.


    refine

    to make a substance purer using an industrial process
    oil refining


    synthetic

    produced by combining different artificial substances, rather than being naturally produced
    synthetic chemicals

    synthetic fibres/materials/fabrics

    headquarters

    the main building or offices used by a large company or organization
    the headquarters of the United Nations


    manufacturing

    the process or business of producing goods in factories
    Thousands of jobs had been lost in manufacturing.
    the manufacturing industry


    mission

    rugged

    land that is rugged is rough and uneven
    a rugged coastline the rugged beauty of the Highlands

    armored armoured vehicles, things or animals have an outside layer made of metal to protect them from attack
    armored personnel carriers


    Armadillo
    Armadillo

    swift

    moving, or able to move, very fast
    a swift runner She wiped her tears away in one swift movement.


    Roadrunner
    Roadrunner
    این پویانمایی را هم از روی همین پرنده ساختند
    Roadrunner2

    jackrabbit

    jackrabbit
    a large North American hare (=animal like a large rabbit) with very long ears


    kangaroo rat

    kangaroo_rat
    are small rodents native to North America. The common name derives from their bipedal form: as they hop in a manner similar to the much larger kangaroo, although they are not related. It has been noted that they are not properly characterized as “rats” at all.

    source: wikipedia

    horned lizard

    horned-lizard
    Horned lizards (Phrynosoma) are a type of lizards that are a genus of the Phrynosomatidae family of lizards. The horned lizard is popularly called a “horned toad,” “horny toad,” or “horned frog,” but it is neither a toad nor a frog. The popular names come from the lizard’s rounded body and blunt snout, which make it resemble a toad or frog. (Phrynosoma literally means “toad-bodied.”) The spines on its back and sides are made from modified scales, whereas the horns on the heads are true horns (i.e. they have a bony core). There are 14 species of horned lizards in North America, 8 of which are native to the United States. The largest-bodied and most widely distributed of the U.S. species is the Texas horned lizard (P. cornutum).

    source: wikipedia

    cacti or cactuses
    plural of cactus


    distinct

    clearly different or belonging to a different type
    two entirely distinct languages distinct types/groups/categories etc
    There are four distinct types.
    distinct from
    The learning needs of the two groups are quite distinct from each other.


    attitude

    self-reliant

    able to do or decide things by yourself, without depending on the help or advice of other people
    Our aim is to teach our son to become an independent, self-reliant adult.
    ᅳself-reliance noun


    contest

    a competition or a situation in which two or more people or groups are competing with each other
    contest for
    the bitter contest for the Republican presidential nomination
    Stone decided to hold a contest to see who could write the best song.
    I only entered the contest for fun.
    It is clear that the election will be a close contest .
    contest between/against
    the 1960 contest between Kennedy and Nixon
    the 1975 Liberal leadership contest


    reputation

    the opinion that people have about someone or something because of what has happened in the past
    reputation for
    Judge Kelso has a reputation for being strict but fair.
    reputation as
    In her last job she acquired a reputation as a troublemaker.
    earn/gain/establish a reputation as something

    His approach had won him a reputation as a tough manager.
    a good/bad reputation a hotel with a good reputation for its foodThe service at Heron Lodge failed to live up to its reputation (=be as good or bad as people say it is) .

    rugged

    straightforward

    honest about your feelings or opinions and not hiding anything
    Jack is tough, but always straightforward and fair.


    thriving

    a thriving company, business etc is very successful
    a thriving tourist industry


    maintain

    ▶SAY◀
    to strongly express your belief that something is true
    ᅳsynonym claim
    maintain (that)
    Critics maintain that these reforms will lead to a decline in educational standards.
    maintain your innocence (=say that you did not commit a crime) He maintained his innocence and said the allegations were ‘ridiculous’.

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