The San Jacinto Monument is a memorial to the men who died during the Texas Revolution, The Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant and the Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant were built as part of the WWII buildup Hundreds of thousands of American (and some allied) soldiers sailors and airmen trained in the state All sectors of the economy boomed as the homefront prospered. . . . .
. . 1630 map of the Portuguese fort and the city of Malacca 8.1 Texas self-perception Bellaire The area contains two of the oldest towns in Texas; Nacogdoches the oldest town in Texas dating from 18th century and San Augustine the oldest "Anglo" settlement in Texas dating from the 1820s People of English Scottish Scots-Irish and to a lesser extent Welsh ancestry predominate in the region which is in contrast to South Central Texas and West Texas where people of German and Hispanic heritage predominate respectively Prior to the Texas War of Independence settlement was generally prohibited by the Spanish and later Mexican governments but neither government was able to exert control or law enforcement in the area As a consequence the "Big Thicket" became a refuge for criminals fleeing the United States and hiding out in a "no man's land" in the pine tree thickets.