Houston, Texas

Urbanization & Immigration

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Founders

The urbanization of Houston all started with the Allen brothers. Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen came from New York to buy 6,642 acres. This soon became their real estate business.


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Sam Houston was then elected president of that specific area in 1836. In 1837, Houston became the capitol of the Republic of Texas. By 1840, a chamber of commerce was formed; this assisted the start of shipping and waterborne businesses.


By 1860, Houston became the railroad hub for exporting cotton. Soon enough, Houston was the railroad center of Texas.
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Immigration

By the nineteenth century, the population had grown to 9,000 citizens. Most of these immigrants were German of African-American. Majority of the people came to Houston because of the port and job availability due to the oil found in that area. This led to disagreements about the following topics: slavery, free enterprise, democracy, Protestantism, and freedom of speech.


Oil Discovery

In 1901, oil was discovered in a nearby city and suddenly turned Houston into a large city. Within the next year, the received a one-million dollar fund for the ship canal with the approval of Theodore Roosevelt. As you may know, Houston is now considered one of the largest cities in the nation.


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Problems

Some problem may include ethnic and racial differences. This resulted in misunderstanding that led to the Houston Riot in 1917. This riot was the cause of nineteen deaths. In addition, there has always been a fairly high crime rate in Texas. This includes illegal drug trade. Pollution is also a large problem; people are becoming more careless about the environment.
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Future

I think that the future of Houston Texas will be very advanced. The will have special technologies that assist them in daily life. Although this could be an advantage, an increasing amount of pollution may also be involved. All in all, I think that Houston has a decent future that could lead to some positive things ahead.


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