We were in Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest (only I didn’t have a pass to anything), so I did some exploring of the Texas Capitol and museums. Here’s a quick view from the top floor accessible to the public in the Capitol rotunda. No, this doesn’t date back to when Texas was actually a republic (1836-1846), but it celebrates the fact that Texas became a state only with the consent of the republic’s citizens. The five seals surrounding the “Lone Star” at the center signify the flags that have flown over Texas: France, Spain, Mexico, the U.S., and the Confederacy–the floor was installed in 1936 to celebrate the centennial of Texas’s independence from Mexico.
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