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inspiration for the Lone Star Flag. It was
probably based on Dodson's flag, which itself
was based on the Mexican flag, a banner
in turn based on the French revolutionary
tricolor of blue, white, and red. The
Dodson flag was created at a time when
many people in Texas still wanted Texas
to remain part of Mexico, but only as part
of a federal state loyal to the 1824 Mexican
constitution. Certainly by the fall of
the Alamo on March 6, 1836, the possibility
of Texas remaining part of Mexico
was gone. The Lone Star Flag was nevertheless
able to use the basic Dodson elements
by rearranging them into a variant
of the U.S. flag in its most basic form: one
red stripe, one white stripe, and one white
star on a blue field. The Lone Star Flag is
not only beautiful in its simplicity but elegant
in the way that it bridges the Mexican
and American heritage of Texas.
The question of who designed the Lone
Star Flag apparently was not a concern in
the 19th century. It now seems like a simple
question that must have a simple answer.
Hopefully this desire for certainty will constructively
channel itself into further research
about the history of Texas flags.
With so many old newspapers and collections
of personal papers unread by flag historians,
the definitive story of Texas and
her flags is far from complete.
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the spirit and rich history of the borderlands of the lower Rio Grande
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Introduced by a brief, but fact-filled overview of four centuries of borderland
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Charles A. Spain Jr. is a Houston attorney
whose hobby is vexillology, the study of flags.
He is secretary-general of the International
Federation of Vexillological Associations and
past president of the North American
Mamie Wynne Cox, "The Romantic
Flags of Texas" (Dallas: Banks, Upshaw,
Virginia Stewart Lindley Ford, Stewart,
Charles Bellinger Tate, in Ron Tyler, ed.,
"The New Handbook of Texas" (6 vols.,
Austin: Texas State Historical Assn., 1996).
Charles E. Gilbert, Jr., "A Concise History
of Early Texas 1519 to 1861" (Houston:
Adco Press, 1964).
Charles E. Gilbert, Jr., "Flags of Texas"
(Pelican Publishing: Gretna, La., 1989).
L. W. Kemp, Stewart, Charles Bellinger,
in Walter Prescott Webb ed., "The Handbook
of Texas" (Austin: Texas State Historical
Adele Looscan, The History and Evolution
of the Texas Flag, in Dudley Goodall
Wooten, ed., "A Comprehensive History
of Texas 1685 to 1897" (2 vols., Dallas:
Scarff, 1898; rpt., Austin: Texas State Historical
Charles A. Spain Jr., "The Flags and
Seals of Texas," South Texas Law Review
33:215 (February 1992).
Charles A. Spain Jr., Flags of Texas, in
Ron Tyler, ed., "The New Handbook of
Texas" (6 vols., Austin: Texas State Historical
Charles A. Spain Jr., Flags of the Texas
Revolution, in Ron Tyler, ed., "The New
Handbook of Texas" (6 vols., Austin: Texas
State Historical Association, 1996).
A dazzling illustrated
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