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  • cattle
  • oil
  • Railroads/farming
  • Why were longhorn cattle important to the Texas cattle industry?  The longhorns are a new breed of cattle developed as spanish breeds mixed with english cattle brought by u.s settler. The longhorns became more valuable as cattle ranching grew in the late 1850s. The confederate army needed to feed the troops. It was difficult to move their cattle to the front. They blocked trade from confederate states, including texas.
  • 2.          How did the Spindletop oil boom affect the local economy and national oil prices? The discovery of this huge oil field soon affected oil prices. With large quantities of oil being produced, the supply of oil outpaced the national demand. As a result, the price of oil dropped. In 1902 the price of oil had hit a all time low of three cents a barrel.
  • 3. What are some advantages of railroads over other types of transportation in Texas? In 1861 there were about 470 miles of rail lines in texas. The civil war interrupted plans or new railroad construction. Texas continued to lag behind the rest of the country. San antonio had issued the first texas railroad bonds in 1850. Texas eventually gave more than 32 million acres of land to more than 40 railroad companies
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