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Welcome to Texas

Native Texans are a proud lot, but they would be the first to admit that the state has long been shaped by newcomers. In fact, the story of Texas is the story of migration. The Plains Indians poured in to follow the buffalo. Cabeza de Vaca, who washed ashore on Galveston Island in 1528, was in pursuit of land. The Spanish later rode north from what is now Mexico, and the Anglos headed west from the United States. Sam Houston showed up after he beat a congressman in Washington, D.C., with a cane; George H. W. Bush arrived to build a fortune in the West Texas oil fields after he graduated from Yale. Texas has always been a place where you can come and change the course of history.

That is as true today as it has always been. Since 2005 Texas has had the largest annual population growth of any state in the country, and if the migration rates from the previous decade continue, our population will double by 2050, to 54.4 million residents. As people flock here, Texas Monthly thinks it is high time to offer some guidance on what it means to be a Texan. So for those of you who are just joining us, welcome to Texas, and consider the following guide required reading about your new home. Trust us, your great-great-great-grandchildren will be glad you did.