One of the most influential and important states in the country, Texas is the second largest state in the United States. Texas' history is rooted in independence, becoming an independent nation from Mexico before joining the United States. Texas has a diversified economy rooted in agriculture, energy through oil and wind power, technology like biomedical and aerospace, banking, and commerce.
Texas has the second largest state economy next to California. Large cities that fuel this economic activity include Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, and Arlington.