Houston: A Nation's Capitol

“We are badly situate hear. It is quite sickly and I never was so tiard of a place in my life.”


– Republic of Texas Congressman Kelsey H. Douglass about Houston

Houston: A Nation's Capitol
The Platinum Award Winner in Documentary at the 2011 WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival

For two hurly-burly years, the Bayou City was the capital of the Republic of Texas, promoted by the Allen Brothers even while one of them represented Nacogdoches. As Sam Houston, Mirabeau Lamar and others squabbled over the direction in which they would lead the fledgling nation, scores of drunken, furloughed, knife-wielding soldiers battled in makeshift saloons, on the town’s muddy streets and at the dueling grounds which was located south of Texas Avenue, and therefore away from the city limits. The new port bustled with commerce where urban slaves worked as stevedores. Meanwhile, the Masonic Lodge, the Texas Philosophical Society and missionary churches sought to provide social uplift for Houston, though vice stubbornly held its own. The forces seeking to keep the capital in Houston finally lost out to Austinites in the episode known as the Archives War.

Classroom Resources


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For The Teacher


Houston: A Nation's Capitol Video Guide


Houston: A Nation's Capitol Video Guide Answers


Buffalo Bayou Map


Maps Of Houston


A Teenager In Houston


Houston Hype: Houston Realty


Houston Hype: Houston Realty Curriculum


Questions For Further Research


Rubric For Grading Essential Question Essay






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