The Destiny of Buffalo Bayou

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To better understand Macatee’s role in the development of Houston it’s important to understand how Houston developed and what was going on in the time that Macatee was on the scene. “The Destiny of Buffalo Bayou” written by Andrew Forest Muir describes how the counties along the lower Brazos and Colorado Rivers became exceptionally successful. One of the reasons that these areas were so prosperous is because of the access to salt water ports that allowed trading of goods and materials produced on plantations which thrived off the rich soil in the region. However, there were natural obstacles in these river and their shallow depth made it difficult to transport goods over a great length of them. These obstacles hindered Houston’s entrance into the world exporting scene. Another reason for this areas success is the introduction of railroads and roads from other states, because this increased possibilities for export. The main reason for Houston’s success, Muir says, is the deepening of the Bayou which created a shipping channel. Houston became a booming port after the dredging of the channel because it allowed more bigger boats to enter. With its increased accessibility Houston took away trade from other cities and found their way to the center of the action. All of this information helps to give dates to all of these changes that were occurring in Houston when the Macatees were starting to grow their business. Since they worked in building materials their success was helped by Houston’s expansion and new connection to international and domestic markets.

Citation: Andrew Forest, Muir. “The Destiny of Buffalo Bayou.” The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 47.2 (1943): 91-106. JSTOR. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.


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