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Women, Culture, and CommunityReligion and Reform in Galveston, 1880–1920$
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Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195086881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195086881.001.0001

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Disaster Strikes the Island City

Disaster Strikes the Island City

(p.17) 1 Disaster Strikes the Island City
Women, Culture, and Community

Elizabeth Hayes Turner

Oxford University Press

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

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