The word Friendship was adopted as the Texas state motto by the Forty-first Texas Legislature in February 1930. The word was probably chosen because the name Texas or Tejas was the Spanish pronunciation of a Caddo Indian word sometimes translated to mean "friends" or "allies." See also TEXAS, ORIGIN OF NAME.
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Anonymous, “State Motto,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed October 21, 2020, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/state-motto.
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