Taste of Texas: Greek

Ethan H, GT Texas History, 4th period.

Push Factors

  • Economic depression
  • Overpopulation


Pull Factors

  • Cheep Land
  • Business opertunities

Culture Highlights

  • The Greek Orthodox Church was a major part of thier culture.
  • Greeks think Easter as more importaint than Christmas.
  • Greeks have what is known as a "Name Day Celebration." Most Greeks owe thier name to a religious saint, and in Greece, your name day is more importaint than your birthday. Everyone named after a saint is honored by the church and celebrates his/her name on a given day of the year.
  • The Greek Independence Day is on March 25, 1821


Colonel Francisco Garay

Col. Francisco Garay served under General Urrea in the Mexican army durring the Texas revolution. On the morning of the Goliad massacre, he saved the lifes of about 20 men, mostly doctors and carpenters, by hiding them in his tent.

Andrew Brockles

Andrew Brockles is the brother of Bill Brockles.

Andrew died in 1965, and Bill in 1957.

The Brockles Food Company

Andrew and Bill Brockles, two brothers born in Greece, came to Texas. Andrew came to Texas in 1905, and Bill in 1913. Andrew worked as a diskwasher in St. Louis. Later he bacame a steel worker in northern mills. in 1914, Andrew came to Dallas. He worked as a waiter there until 1919, when he opened up his own cafe. The first day working at the cafe, a costemer ordered hotcakes. Andrew, working as a cashier, shouted out hotcakes to a chef (that wasn't there), then quickly ran back and cooked them himself. Very soon he was joined with his brother, Bill, in the business. The Brockles Restaurant became very successful.

Did You Know?

Did you know

  • olive oil is added to almost every Greek food dish.


  • Greeks believe that saying the same thing at the same time as someone else is an omen, and the two people will get into a fight over it. If this were to happen, then the two people would shout "Piase Kokkino" (Touch Red) and would run off to touch something red.


  • Around Chirstmas, presents aren't put under the Chistmas tree, but insted hung up as decorations, which stay on the tree until New Years, which then they are taken down and opened.

Analysis Paragraph

Greeks Have not had a very large influence in Texas, and on the Texas culture. Most greeks settled in big cities, or on port towns like Galvestion. The Greeks in these port towns are mostly fishermen and sailers. While not have a big effect on Texas's culture, Greeks did bring thier foods, music, and religion to Texas. There is still evidence of thier existance in Texas today. There are a few Greek restaurants, some Greek Orthodox Churches, The Original Greek festival held in Houston once a year, and The Annual Greek Food Festival in Dallas.

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More on Culture

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