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The Texas Legacy When most people think of the history of the great state of Texas is cowboys and Indians People imagine the flat plains the ranches and the cows This was a part of Texas history but thats not all Texas was imprinted by a few other issues the first that comes to my mind is black gold Now just what is black gold One word Oil This is what a big part of Texas owes its wealth Oil revolutionized Texas and caused thousands of oil pioneers to flock to Texas This brought many other opportunities and changed Texas forever First what created the oil in Texas Most of us have learned that it came from the pressurized remains of once living creatures However why did animals die here This area is known as the Permian Basin It was a swamp millions of years ago and was eventually flooded with water The animals and plants that were there were covered in water After it was completely covered with water sediments covered the rotting peat and animals that died in the flooding After years of compacting the debris it became oil The gases inside the holes filled with oil became natural gas This pattern was repeated several times creating pockets of oil at several levels and places This is what caused the Texas oil boom Last the oil boom was not always a good thing Indian reservations that were on possible oil producing land were kicked of without being paid money for their land This was only one problem and the oil boom did do a lot of good for Texas The sudden wealth caused a lot of would be oil prospectors to come to Texas The people that came brought businesses to provide the oil diggers with food and supplies This began to attract more people and businesses to serve them This is an example of how a city such
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