YELLOW FEVER WAS EBOLA IN 1800'S TEXAS

by Bartee Haile

The Texas Congress picked Houston as the new capital of the Lone Star Republic over Matagorda and Washington-on-the-Brazos on Nov. 30, 1836. The Allen brothers had three years to convince skeptics that their humid heaven-on-earth should be the permanent seat of government. The resourceful promoters did a bang-up job but were beaten in the end by an invisible foe - Yellow Fever.

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