1. When we chose to become a State
As much as the rest of the country rags on Texas for its gun laws, wild west mentality, and conservative approach to education, have you ever imagined how the United States of America would have turned out if Texas had never existed? Texas didn’t have to become a state – from 1836 to 1845 we were doing quite well. The reason Texas joined the Union when it did, was mainly due to the efforts of Presidents Tyler and Polk, and the fact there was support for the annexation of Texas by the majority of its inhabitants (many of whom were US citizens).
Without this annexation, Texas might have continued its westward expansion to New Mexico, Arizona, and possibly California. Without Texas to keep the peace by surrendering this territory in the Compromise of 1850, the Civil War might have come much sooner.