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Shared April 11, 2013

TEXAS - "IS HOME OF SEVERAL FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES" TEXAS IS THE SECOND LARGEST U.S. STATE, behind Alaska, with an area of 268,820 square miles (696,200 km2), and a growing population of 25.1 million residents. It is 10% larger than France and almost twice as large as Germany or Japan, though it ranks only 27th worldwide amongst country subdivisions by size. If it were a country, Texas would be the 40th largest behind Chile and Zambia.Texas - Means "Friends" The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "Friends" or "Allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in East Texas. One Texas industry that thrived after the Civil War was cattle. Due to its long history as a center of the industry, Texas is associated with the image of the cowboy. The State's ECONOMIC FORTUNES changed in the early 20th century, when OIL discoveries initiated an ECONOMIC BOOM in the state. With STRONG INVESTMENT in UNIVERSITIES, TEXAS DEVELOPED A DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY and HIGH TECH INDUSTRY in the mid-20th century. As of 2010 it shares the TOP of the LIST of THE MOST FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES with California at 57. With a growing base of industry, The State Leads In Many Industries, including AGRICULTURE, PETROCHEMICALS, ENERGY, COMPUTERS and ELECTRONICS, AEROSPACE, and BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. It LEADS THE NATION IN EXPORT REVENUE SINCE 2002 and has the SECOND-HIGHEST GROSS STATE PRODUCT.