Disaster Strikes the Island City

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

in Women, Culture, and Community

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195086881
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854578 | DOI:
Disaster Strikes the Island City

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This chapter focuses on the geography and history of Galveston. It had a history and style that sets it apart. To Texans the city sprang out of the gulf and symbolizes amazing growth and prosperity of the Lone Star State in the aftermath of the Civil War. Though there were some detractions: tropical storms, hurricanes, epidemics and insects that plagued the island one time or another. Though despite the dangers, Galveston still had plenty of admirers and the city grew in its recovery after the Civil War. Galveston boasted the best harbor in Texas. The harbor, railroads and communication networks provided excellent export-import prospects for enterprising capitalists. Cotton was the major export item. However disaster struck when the hurricane 1875 brought winds over 100 miles per hour and left 176 dead. The city stood naked and vulnerable to nature's cruel might.

Keywords: Galveston; Lone Star State; Texas; Civil War; harbor; cotton; export; hurricane

Chapter.  11059 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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