. Media Houston is a significant hub for trafficking of cocaine cannabis heroin MDMA and methamphetamine due to its size and proximity to major illegal drug exporting nations. Houston is one of the country's largest hubs for human trafficking, Dallas In June 1979 the Ixtoc I oil platform in the Bay of Campeche suffered a blowout leading to a catastrophic explosion which resulted in a massive oil spill that continued for nine months before the well was finally capped This was ranked as the largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico until the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. . ESD Type Provider Sales Tax Rate (2015) Property Tax Rate per $100 Valuation (2015) Ruins of Warsaw in January 1945 after the deliberate destruction of the city by the occupying German forces. As a seafaring people in the south-westernmost region of Europe the Portuguese became natural leaders of exploration during the Middle Ages Faced with the options of either accessing other European markets by sea by exploiting its seafaring prowess or by land and facing the task of crossing Castile and Aragon territory it is not surprising that goods were sent via the sea to England Flanders Italy and the Hanseatic league towns.! Morgan's Point More than 235 establishments in the Houston metro area manufacture plastic and rubber products. Houston dominates the U.S production of three major resins: polyethylene (38.7% of U.S capacity); polyvinyl chloride (35.9% of U.S capacity) and polypropylene (48.4% of U.S capacity).
On November 5 2013 voters in Houston turned down a $213 million referendum to renovate and convert the Astrodome into a state-of-the-art convention center and exhibition space known as "New Dome Experience". Until a final disposition is made Harris County commissioners will not approve demolition of the stadium "The building's still there There's no formal plan or authorization to demolish the building and until somebody brings such a plan to fruition there's a chance," according to Willie Loston executive director of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation "The proposal was rejected by the voters We're back to where we were Square one," according to Steve Radack Harris County commissioner; ! . . In 1839 the Republic of Texas relocated its capital to Austin the town suffered another setback that year when a yellow fever epidemic claimed about one life out of every eight residents Yet it persisted as a commercial center forming a symbiosis with its Gulf Coast port Galveston Landlocked farmers brought their produce to Houston using Buffalo Bayou to gain access to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico Houston merchants profited from selling staples to farmers and shipping the farmers' produce to Galveston, Alternate plate.svg Native allied troops were largely infantry equipped with armament and armour that varied geographically Some groups consisted of young men without military experience Catholic clergy which helped with administrative duties and soldiers with military training These native forces often included African slaves and Native Americans They not only fought in the battlefield but served as interpreters informants servants teachers physicians and scribes India Catalina and Malintzin were Native American women slaves who worked for the Spaniards. . Marker in Downtown Houston commemorating the foundation of Houston by the Allen Brothers, They also brought or purchased enslaved African Americans whose numbers tripled in the state from 1850 to 1860 from 58,000 to 182,566.