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Important Events In The History Of Dallas, TX


The city of Dallas is the third largest in the state of Texas and the ninth largest in the United States. Together with Fort Worth, Dallas makes the biggest metropolitan area in the South.

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									                 Important Events
         In The History Of Dallas

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Dallas is the 3rd largest city in Texas and the 9th largest in the
United States. Along with Fort Worth, it makes up the largest
metropolitan area in the South. These days, Dallas is ranked as
an Alpha World City with very sophisticated and diversified
industries, especially, banking, telecommunications, medical
research, transportation and logistics. Quite a number of Fortune
500 companies can be found in Dallas, too. This contributes to
the economic strength of the city. In fact, it is included in the top
15 cities with the highest GDP score.

By the time of the first European contact, Dallas was already
inhabited by Caddo Native Americans. In fact, when they arrived,
there are several villages of Caddo Native Americans along the
coast. The Caddo People were farmers because the region
provided them with very good growing conditions. By the 18th
century, Texas was claimed by the Spanish Empire as a part of
the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Texas remained under Spanish rule
until 1821 when the Mexican Empire gained its independence
after a decade of wars. Texas remained under Mexican rule for
fifteen years more.

                       By 1836, Texas became a republic and
                       became an independent country for close to
                       a decade. Nowadays, Dallas still retains a
                       distinct Hispanic flavor. According to the
                       2010 census, around 20% of the population
                       is of Hispanic heritage, with around 70% of
                       that cohort of Mexican origin. Dallas is also a
                       top destination for Mexican migrants, both
                       legal and illegal. The Mexican culture is also
                       very much noticeable in Texan cuisine. Proof
of this is the popularity of Tex-Mex dishes.

Dallas experienced gradual but steady growth towards the end of

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the 19th century. Several developments in the area effectively
transformed Dallas from a center of farming and ranching into a
major, self-sustaining industrial city. Major railroad routes
intersected in 1873, further contributing to its transformation into
an important commercial center especially for raw materials like
grains and cotton. The accessibility to railroads also contributed to
the population growth in Texas.

                   In 1873, the population of Dallas shot up from
                   3,000 to 7,000 from January to September. This
                   spurred further urban development and
                   diversification of industries in Dallas. The city
                   grew rapidly in the thirties when Columbus
                   Marion Joiner found oil in Kilgore. In the 1980s,
                   Dallas experienced a real estate boom both in
                   residential and commercial sectors. Today,
                   Dallas has become not only an agricultural
center, but also as centers of banking, insurance, fashion
retailing, and several other businesses.

To learn more about the history of other cities in Texas, click here

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