Today, the Texas economy is large, diverse and dynamic, boasting a gross state product that surpasses over $925 billion since 2005. The actual unfolding of the transformation of the Texas economy was wholly unpredictable at the beginning of the 1800s when the territory was lightly populated, but by the 19th century the territory emerged as an economic powerhouse. If the Lone Star State were an independent country, it would have the tenth largest national economy in the world--just behind Spain and Canada, and ahead of Brazil, the Republic of Korea, and India, according to data from the World Bank.

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