The De Zavala Flag

(Part of a series explaining the history behind my Texian Tees. Other entries: the Burnet Flag; the Johanna Troutman Flag; the Gonzales Flag (Old Come and Take It); and the New Orleans Greys Flag. Click here to see and buy the shirts!)

To me, this is easily the most beautiful of the early Texas flags… if it really existed. Some say it was designed by Lorenzo de Zavala, Texas’ first vice president and a drafter of her constitution. Others say it was invented nearly a century later. Even the Texas Almanac says there’s “no historical evidence” for it, while noting that it’s flown in Texas to this day. Me, I think it makes a nice shirt that handsomely indicates your interest in Texas history; as they said in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”

This is also the design that appears inside the Texas Capitol’s dome at the very top:

So if somebody gives you guff about the De Zavala flag being a myth, just tell ’em, “Hey bud, I don’t know what you’re talking about; this is the star inside the Capitol dome.”

About my design: Such a star would have probably been painted or appliqued (that is to say, a star cut from white fabric sewn to the blue), and the letters painted. My graphic depicts an embroidered star and letters only to add some richness to the image.


Cotton, 3 shades of blue



Or in sustainable, organic cotton


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