Geography By October Axis operational objectives in Ukraine and the Baltic region were achieved with only the sieges of Leningrad and Sevastopol continuing a major offensive against Moscow was renewed; after two months of fierce battles in increasingly harsh weather the German army almost reached the outer suburbs of Moscow where the exhausted troops were forced to suspend their offensive. Large territorial gains were made by Axis forces but their campaign had failed to achieve its main objectives: two key cities remained in Soviet hands the Soviet capability to resist was not broken and the Soviet Union retained a considerable part of its military potential the blitzkrieg phase of the war in Europe had ended! Houston contains few naturally-formed lakes Lake Houston an 11,854-acre (4,797-hectare) reservoir located approximately 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Downtown was created by damming the San Jacinto River in the 1950s to create a dependable long-term supply of drinking water the lake is owned and operated by the City of Houston. Besides supplying water to the city the lake is also a central feature of the Kingwood community and serves as a recreational destination, On March 2 1836 Texans signed the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-on-the-Brazos effectively creating the Republic of Texas the revolt was justified as necessary to protect basic rights and because Mexico had annulled the federal pact the majority of the colonists were from the United States; they said that Mexico had invited them to move to the country but they were determined "to enjoy" the republican institutions to which they were accustomed in their native land. . Historically the East Texas economy has been led by lumber cotton cattle and oil Prior to the discovery of the East Texas Oil Field cotton lumber and cattle were the predominant source of economic gains and stability Needs of local farmers contributed greatly to the establishment of local towns and trading posts As with many parts of the nation the chosen paths of railroads often determined the continuation of many towns At the beginning of the 20th century the oil fields were discovered and oil became accessible which changed the future of the region, Main article: Second Italo-Ethiopian War. .
Main article: Demographics of Texas Asian: 3.8 percent (1.0 percent Indian 0.8 percent Vietnamese 0.6 percent Chinese 0.4 percent Filipino 0.3 percent Korean 0.1 percent Japanese 0.6 percent other Asian). .