Houston was founded in 1836 by two New York real-estate developers who named the area after Texas hero Sam Houston. The city is located about 25 miles west of where Sam Houston defeated Mexican forces at San Jacinto, ultimately winning Texas its indedpendence.
Today, Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States and continues to grow at a record pace, in part due to its strong job market. Houston is known as one of America’s most diverse cities as over one million of its residents were born outside of the United States. It is a world center of oil and energy production and health care. It is also the site of NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center, which opened in 1973 and led to the city’s strong aerospace industry. In addition, Houston is a major shipping center. The Port of Houston is the world’s sixth largest port. Recently, the Houston-based energy corporation Enron was involved in one of the largest corporate fraud cases in the nation’s history. Thousands of workers lost their life savings in the scandal.
Did you that Houston’s Astrodome, which opened in 1965, was the first indoor sporting arena?
Here, students can learn all about Texas cities, landmarks, and landforms, simply by clicking on the map. Lots of interactive activities and printouts as well. Perfect for reports or research projects.
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