Fort Bend County, Texas Descriptive Essay by elbeasel

Fort Bend County, Texas
This paper describes the history of Fort Bend County, Texas.
# 144869 | 1,979 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 13, 2010 in History (U.S. The Young Nation 1800-1848) , Geography (General)

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The paper offers a detailed description of Fort Bend County, Texas, and discusses its early history. The paper looks at Fort Bend during the Texas Revolution in 1835 and outlines the historical monuments that are particularly notable. The paper concludes by relating that today, Fort Bend is a fast growing community that continues to attract those with a pioneering spirit.

Physical Description
Early History
The Texas Revolution
Historical Markers

From the Paper:

"In 1822, Stephan F. Austin established a colony of three hundred families in the area near the bend of the Brazos River. Ninety miles from the Gulf Coast, near the present-day city of Richmond, the settlers built a small cabin that was known as Fort Bend. Fifty three land grants to early settlers of Texas were in the area known as Fort Bend ("History"). The county seat is located in Richmond, site of the original "Fort Bend." Fort Bend County was officially formed in 1837. Jane Long, often referred to as the "mother of Texas" has sold a portion of her land to businessmen Robert Handy and William Lusk, who develop the town of Richmond (Wallingford). Richmond became one of the first cities that is granted a charter from the newly-formed Republic of Texas. In December 1837, the citizens of Fort Bend County elect a chief justice and county commissioners, and declare Richmond the county seat (Wallingford). Richmond is named for the city of Richmond, England (Wallingford). Today, Fort Bend County is home to the cities of Arcola, Beasley, Fairchilds, Fulshear, Katy, Kendleton, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Needville, Orchard, Pleak, Richmond, Rosenberg, Simonton, Stafford, Sugar Land, and Thompson in addition to a number of smaller towns and villages (Wallingford). The 2000 US Census places the total population of Fort Bend County at 354,452."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Latitude and Longitude of a Point." iTouchMap. N.p., 10 Oct 2010. Web. 7 Oct 2010. <>.
  • "Fort Bend County - About the County." History. Fort Bend County, n.d. Web. 7 Oct 2010. <>.
  • Wallingford, Sharon. Ford Bend County Texas: A Pictoral History. Fort Bend Texas: Fort Bend Publishing Group, 1996. Print.
  • Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. Richmond, Tx, 10 Oct 2010. Web. 23 Jul 2002. < >.
  • The Karankawa Indians of Texas: An Ecological Study of Cultural Tradition and Change . Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1996. Print.

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