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2019.04.26

Texas Blogs: 6 Flags

As a kid, instead of going to Disneyworld or Universal Studios, I went to Six Flags over Texas. There I spent hot summer days riding roller coasters like the Ruanaway Mountain or the Texas Giant, and eating fried turkey legs and funnel cakes. It never occurred to me until I was older that Six Flags was an odd name for amuesement park.
The meaning behind the name of my favorite childhood amusement park comes from Texas history. In the U.S. most children learn the history of America and the history of the state they`re living in. I grew up entirely in Texas, and I studied Texas History in elementary school, middle school and high school. Although you could say that I`m biased, I think Texas history is more interesting than the history of most other American states. Today, I`d like to telll you about a bit of that history and explain why it makes sense to have a theme park called Six Flags in Texas.
The area that makes up modern day Texas has been a part of many different countries over the past centuries. Before the arrival of Europeans, it was controlled by varios Native Americans, but in the 16th century Texas was incorporated into the Spanish Empire. The French also briefly claimed a part of Texas as part of their colony along the Missippi River, but French colonies in Texas were soon abandoned duue to hostile bythe presence of hostile Native Americans and other hardships. 
When Mexico won its independence from Mexico in the 19th century, Texas was then controlled by the new Mexican government. However, Texas was not part of Mexico for very long. In 1836, recent immigrant to Texas from the United States fought and won a revolution for independence from Mexic. Texas stood alone as a country until it joined the United States in 1845. During the American Civil War, Texas sided with the rest of the Southern states and joined the Confederacy. After the war was over, it was once again a part of the U.S..
So, since 1519 six different flags have been flown over Texas.
Spain (1519-1821)
France (1685-1690)
Mexico (1821-1836)
Texas (1836-1845)
Confederacy (1861-1865)
The United States of America (1845-1861, 1870-present)

This is why an amuesement park in Texas is called Six Flags, and nobody thinks its a strange name. The park celebrates Texas history and has different section for the different countries that have ruled Texas. Each had different kinds of food and activities you can try. Of course there are also attractions and rides that have nothing to do with Texas history, like Batman and Superman rides, but I think that the unique parts are what make Six Flags so much fun.
If you`re over in Dallas or San Antonio Texas I reccommend checking out Six Flags over Texas to learn about Texas history and culture and also have a lot of fun.
Looking back, I think growing up in a state that has such strong sense of identity and a pride in its rich history is a key part of what makes me a Texan. In Texas we grow up celebrating both a Texas and an American revolution, and I think this tends to make people from Texas a bit bolder, patriotic, and proud of their state than people from other states. 
So, what part of Japan are you from, and how do you think that influences your identity?

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