Taste Of Texas

English immigrantion to Texas

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Homeland and Push Factors

Ranching and land-investment interests in the Panhandle reflected the movement from England to Texas. They moved away from their homeland because of unemployment, no freedom of religion, overpopulation, and unhealthy working conditions.

Texas and Pull Factors

Texas also offered cheap land for poor farmer and low taxes. People who wanted a second chance to their decisions also came here. They also came to Texas because of the religious freedom, and simple job and small business opportunities. No settlement areas became distinctly English. Individuals came, however, and settled all over the state. Some quickly became prominent. The most obvious English influence before the 20th century was investment and land ownership in the Texas Panhandle. The XIT ranch was also a ranch in which the English invested.

Culture Highlights

British food has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable. The most common and typical foods eaten in Britain include the sandwich, fish and chips, pies, and roasts dinners. Some of the main dishes have strange names like Bubble&Squeak and Toad-In-The-Hole. They also drink a lot of tea. Some lucky superstitions include meeting a black cat, touching wood, a four leaved clover, horseshoe, saying "white rabbit, white rabbit, white rabbit" on the first day of the month etc. Some unlucky superstitions are walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, pass someone on the stairs, spill salt etc. People in UK play many sports including cricket, lawn tennis, football, golf, and soccer. The people in UK have many of the same customs and festivies as us. They also celebrate Christmas, Halloween, and April fools day.

Significant Indivisuals

The first Englishmen in Texas were David Ingram, Richard Twide, and Richard Brown.
At least six Englishmen were awarded empresario contracts in the 1820s, though none were successful in bringing in families; in the 1830s attempts at colonization began again, though with limited success. Beale's colony included a few English families, and the Peters colony in 1841 eventually resulted in the scattered settlement of large areas in North Texas, covering parts of twenty-six future counties. By the end of 1886 the English had invested about $25 million in western ranches and controlled more than twenty million acres of Texas land. The largest investor, the Capitol Freeland Land and Investment Company, invest a total of 1,532,226 Euros in 1885. So in 1891 Governor James S. Hogg approved the Alien Land Law, which restricted others from holding land unless they became United States citizens. Joseph Heneage Finch built a hotel so he could have the best rooms in town and bought a butcher shop so he could have the best pieces of meat. He invested $40,000 in cattle, but when he died they only sold for $750. The Anson brothers bred horses and during the Boer War in South Africa they sold 20,000 horses to the British there. Ben Thompson became famous for his silk hats, tailored suits, waxed mustaches and his skill with a gun.

Did You Know????????????

  • Newtown is the most popular name for a British town. Over 150 towns are named Newtown.
  • An Englishman drinks more tea than any person of any other nation.
  • Soccer is the country's favorite and most loved sport
  • England is 74 times smaller than the United States
  • The largest number of English immigrants to enter Texas, came in mid-20th century at the end of World War II. They were the brides of U.S. soldiers returning to their home state

Analysis

The British investors and managers helped to introduce barbed wire, steel windmills, deep wells, and better breeds of cattle into the northwest part of the state, and they also made attempts to attract more settlers. When the English tried for stronger influence and offered to annex Texas, the United States quickly sought to annex Texas. If the English did not have a standing offer to annex Texas then annexation would have taken longer. The English also introduced apple pie, and many childhood games like leap frog, tag, base, and pitching horseshoes. they also introduced Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Three Little Pigs. They also helped the arts and literature get started. English actors and musicians helped bring entertainment to Texas. They also introduced different types of clothes like silk hats, tailored suits, waxed mustaches.

Analysis

Texas is better with immigration because different cultures bring in different idea and those different ideas made Texas what it is today. They helped Texas grow as a nation and as a state. The English brought in many different, useful, needed and unique ideas like barbed wire, steel windmills, deep wells, and better breeds of cattle. Immigration from other country helped Texas prosper. Now Texas has a diverse culture of people and ideas.

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Created by: Pranjal Jain, Period 4, The English