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

 

Download the .pdf files for the video education series.  You will need Adobe ReaderTM to view these files. Get your free copy HERE.

 

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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