Lebanon and Syria

And Their Journey to Texas.

Welcome to Syria

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And Lebanon!

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A Tour of the Two!

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Lebanon is a small country in the middle eastern area . As shown above it neighbors Syria which Lebanon was once part of. These two countries moved together while immigrating to Texas. There are no major regions in Lebanon, but in Syria there is 6 including the Desert, Euphrates, Aleppo, Orontes, Damascus, and Coast and Mountains.


The lebanese and the syrian decided to come to Texas because of political, economical, social, and religious discriminational issues against Christians. The Lebanese/Syrian people are a minority in Texas with about 27,256 people immigrating to Texas in 1990. The largest immigration group left in 1880 when the reasons listed above were having the largest effect. They left to texas to seek free religion, political freedom, and economical benefits.


They settled in the following cities: Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. There were many other cities, but these were the main three cities that they settled in. This was because at the time those three cities had been the most popular cities.


Customized Culture

Lebanese: Lebanon has two main ethnic groups, Islamic and Christianity. The official language is Arabic, but they also speak French, Armenian, Greek, and English. The olive soup is a big tradition in Lebanon. This soap is made out of olive oil, and is said to keep the people very clean. Some villages are also known for their pottery making. Grass weaving is also a large tradition in Lebanon. There is even a town that makes amazing cutlery! During wedding engagement the groom is to come to the brides house where they will have a party. When the actual wedding occurs three parties are held. It is believed that if the bride steps on a single girls foot then the girl will get married soon. Many foods that are eaten in Lebanon are Tabbouleh, Baklava, Hummus, and Man'oushé. The derbake drum is a traditional drum that is played in parties.


Syrian: Syria has two main ethnic groups, Islamic and Christianity. The official language is Arabic, but they also speak Kurdish, Armenian, Circassian, French, English, and a few other ancient languages. The national colors are red, green, and white. These colors are also the colors that make up the flag. Foods eaten in Syria are Hummus, Tahini, Baba Ganouj, Tabbouleh, and Falafel. A major celebration in Syria is Ramadan. In this festival they fast for nearly a month. At the end of the festival they have a huge feast to celebrate their one month of fasting.Their main industries are wheat, cotton, vegetables, beans, and fruit. Also oil, agriculture, and textiles are major industries in Syria. In Syria it id believed that the more children you have the more blessed you will be. Many times men will try to compete with each other using insults. Religion is very important to the Islamic people so most people follow the rules in the religion.

The Popular People

Their are many significant people that helped in the immigration to Texas. Hadji Ali was one of the first Syrian/Lebanese people to come to Texas. Before he came to Texas he was in the army and mined for gold and silver. Another Syrian named Elias became the president of Mexico in 1928. Professor Joseph Abreely's family was the fist Syrian family to come to Texas. Another man named Carter Joseph Carter was the first person to send his kids to Texas. The kids stayed in Austin and they opened a confectionary and retail stores.
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Did You Know?

Syria:

  • The currency in Syria is the Syrian Pound.
  • The capital of Syria is Damascus.
  • Has won three gold medals in the olympics.
  • Syria's official name is Syrian Arab Republic.
  • Syria currently has roads that have been used for 4,00 years and are still bind used,
  • Soccer is the most played game in Syria.


Lebanon:

  • In proportion there is 1 doctor per 10 people.
  • 70% of the students are in private schools.
  • Beirut( the capital of Lebanon) has been destroyed and rebuilt 7 times.
  • Before independence Lebanon was taken by over 16 countries.
  • Byblos is the longest living city in the world.
  • Lebanon is the only non-dictated country in the Arab.

Analyzation Paragraph

Due to the fact that Lebanon and Syria were a minority group, they did not have a significant affect in Texas. There is still evidence of them in Texas though. There are still many Lebanese and Syrian founded churches that are still there to this day in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. Texas has also preserved some Lebanon/Syrian communities that were once in use by them. The remaining Lebanese and Syrian people who are here to this day still celebrate all the festivals that they originally celebrated when they were first in Texas.


Texas is a better place after the Lebanese/Syrian immigration, because they would have a more diverse population. There would be many generations of Lebanese/Syrian people even after the original ones are no more. Also we have much more Arab and Islamic churches in Texas today.

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