On this day 182 years ago, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. From March 2, 1836 until February 19, 1846, the Republic of Texas was its own country. During that time, it went through nine capitals (settling on Austin in 1839), four presidents, and even had its own money -- the Republic of Texas Dollar. When Texas was admitted to the Union, it became the 28th state (and star on the USA flag). Please pause today on this Texas Independence Day and reflect on where Texas was 182 years ago.