Greek Imigration to Texas

By Pragat Muthu

Greek Flag

Map- Homeland

The reasons the Greeks left Greece is that they expelled from Turkey during a war, economic depression, overpopulation, and social customs like an expensive dowry.

Map of Greece

Map- Texas

Greek people typically colonized around the church or social societies like San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Galveston,Waco, Austin, Wichita Falls, El Paso, Port Arthur, and San Angelo. The reason why they came to Texas, rather than somewhere else, is the economy was new and getting a job was easy.

Greek Comunity Map

Greek Culture

The Greek had an interesting culture. The holidays that the Greek have are Greek Independence Day on March 25, Christmas Eve on December 24, St. Basil’s Day( this holiday is known today as New years because St. Basil’s Day was too much like Christmas),Epiphany( which is blessing the water at port cities), Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. In Greece there was a 10-day celebration but this was changed in Texas to a 1 hour ceremony and a party. The expensive dowry system in Greece was mostly abandoned. The Greek contributed to the structure of literature, government, music, philosophy, science, and drama of Texas. The Greek people, along with Syrians, Serbians, and Russians, made the S.S Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church. Most Greeks are Christians. Apart of all this culture you cannot forget the Greek's amazing mythology. Their mythology contains stories of great gods that were humanoid but filled with great strength and beauty. Their myths also contain explanations for common natural phenomena using unorthodox means. The foods that were common through out the Greek culture are lamb,fish, feta(a cheese made of goats milk), olives, shish kabob, souflaki, and casseroles made with lamb and eggplants.

Important Greek People

There are many people that came to Texas as Greek settlers. Some of them were important and they helped Texas and the Greek image in Texas. One of them was a person named Captain Nicholas. He came to Texas with the pirate Jean Lafitte He came at the age of 17 and came to Galveston island. After the pirate colony broke up, Captain Nicholas bought a Karanakawa wife using 10 pounds of sugar and some rum. His wife, Orta, died in the storm of 1823. Soon after he sold fish and oysters. He also hauled charcoal. He retired in 1890 and lived in Turtle Bayou. He died a couple days before his 100th birthday in the Galveston storm.

Another one of these great men was Reverend Theoclitos Triantafilides. He was the reverend for the first Orthodox church in Texas. He was born in Athens, Greece and received his theological training in Russia. By the end of his life he was a archimandite. That is the highest order a priest can get. This man was very dedicated to the small church in Galveston. Though he was offered many other higher preaching jobs he did not accept them.

Fun Facts

Did you know...

  • Democracy came from Athens
  • Ancient Greek children slept in wicker baskets
  • Greeks consume more olive oil than any other people

Analysis – paragraph

The Greek culture has affected Texas in many ways. The food has affected by adding ingredients to foods that might have not been there if the Greek had not come. The architectural impact are pillars and Latin letters Etched on the buildings. The religion had spread a lot in America. The literature was brought with the immigrants when they came. Also the writing styles of the Greek writers were adapted into the writings of Texas. The Greek immigrants came in to Texas and have spread into Texas and the culture has grown and has effected Texas.


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