; 7.3 Languages The playing surface in 1999, Tourism and recreation When Francisco Coronado and the Spaniards first explored the Rio Grande Valley in 1540 in modern New Mexico some of the chieftains complained of new diseases that affected their tribes Cabeza de Vaca reported that in 1528 when the Spanish landed in Texas "half the natives died from a disease of the bowels and blamed us." When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the Incan empire a large portion of the population had already died in a smallpox epidemic the first epidemic was recorded in 1529 and killed the emperor Huayna Capac the father of Atahualpa Further epidemics of smallpox broke out in 1533 1535 1558 and 1565 as well as typhus in 1546 influenza in 1558 diphtheria in 1614 and measles in 1618.:133. Houston has not had very much success when it comes to its sports teams at least not lately the Houston Rockets won 2 consecutive championships in 1994 and 1995 and the Houston Dynamo also won 2 consecutive championships in 2006 and 2007 the Houston Oilers won 2 back-to-back AFL championships in 1960 and 1961 but never competed in the Super Bowl since the NFL-AFL merger (After the move to Nashville as the Tennessee Titans they finally played in Super Bowl XXXIV and lost.) the Astros have two World Series appearances 2005 and 2017 - the 2017 World Series was the first time the Houston Astros won the World Series - a first for a Major League Baseball team based in Texas. Chevron has its Houston offices at the 1400 Smith Street complex, Palo Duro Canyon 14 People in the service of Portugal, Brazoria (south) The city of Houston has a strong mayoral form of municipal government. Houston is a home rule city and all municipal elections in the Texas are nonpartisan the city's elected officials are the mayor city controller and 16 members of the Houston City Council the current mayor of Houston is Sylvester Turner a Democrat elected on a nonpartisan ballot Houston's mayor serves as the city's chief administrator executive officer and official representative and is responsible for the general management of the city and for seeing that all laws and ordinances are enforced.
12.4 Economic and demographic change The Deep Ellum district within Dallas became popular during the 1920s and 1930s as the prime jazz and blues hotspot in the Southern United States the name Deep Ellum comes from local people pronouncing "Deep Elm" as "Deep Ellum". Artists such as Blind Lemon Jefferson Robert Johnson Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter and Bessie Smith played in early Deep Ellum clubs, 13 References Astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Population demographics and government Reconstruction Harris County ESD #60 Fire Sheldon VFD 1% .05! In 1511 the Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the city of Guangzhou by the sea and they settled on its port for a commercial monopoly of trade with other nations They were later expelled from their settlements but they were allowed the use of Macau which was also occupied in 1511 and to be appointed in 1557 as the base for doing business with Guangzhou the quasi-monopoly on foreign trade in the region would be maintained by the Portuguese until the early seventeenth century when the Spanish and Dutch arrived. Lakewood Church in Houston led by Pastor Joel Osteen is the largest church in the United States a megachurch it had 44,800 weekly attendees in 2010 up from 11,000 weekly in 2000. Since 2005 it has occupied the former Compaq Center sports stadium in September 2010 Outreach Magazine published a list of the 100 largest Christian churches in the United States and inside the list were the following Houston-area churches: Lakewood Second Baptist Church Houston Woodlands Church Church Without Walls and First Baptist Church. According to the list Houston and Dallas were tied as the second most popular city for megachurches, Tennis Constable Precinct 4 Mark Herman Republican, Ross S Sterling born in Anahuac Chambers County; . .