Shield representing the Republic of Texas when it was a sovereign nation

Republic of Texas

The seal of the Republic of Texas, representing Texas’ brief period as a sovereign nation, appears in four places on the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s headquarters. The front exterior seal is glass mosaic; the rear exterior seal is terra-cotta. It also repeats on the three bronze entry doors and is inlaid into the lobby’s terrazzo floor. It contains a lone star encircled by traditional symbols of strength (a live oak branch) and peace (an olive branch). Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836. The origin of its Lone Star State nickname is unknown. (Seal history courtesy of the Texas State Capitol)

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