Jan 28, 2011

What's in a Name

Austin, Texas was originally named Waterloo until the capital of the Republic of Texas was moved there in 1839. That same year, Texas became the first nation in the world to enact a homestead exemption, under which a person's primary residence could not be seized by creditors. In 1845, the United States annexed Texas. As part of the deal, Texas dropped claims to parts of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Wyoming,