The Galveston Hurricane


Texas History Economic Boom The Galveston Hurricane
Students learn about the devastating Galveston Hurricane of 1900. They identify the effects that the storm had on the city and its economy, and why the storm was so devastating. They read some letters written from survivors of the storm and then write a letter of their own, including information about the storm.

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In this experience, students learn about the devastating Galveston Hurricane of 1900. They identify the effects that the storm had on the city and its economy, and why the storm was so devastating. They read some letters written from survivors of the storm and then write a letter of their own, including information about the storm.

Students will collaborate in small groups for scene 2 and scene 3.

Note that the change in city government adopted by Galveston following the hurricane is covered in the experience The Progressive Movement in Texas.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the effects of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 to Galveston and Texas.
  • Identify the destruction of the hurricane and analyze why it was so great.


The great Galveston Hurricane made landfall on September 8, 1900. It traveled west from the Caribbean and into the Florida Straits before it hit Galveston. The people in Cuba and Florida had no way of warning the people in Galveston about the storm that was going to devastate the city. The people ignored the warnings about the storm; the weather seemed so nice days before the storm, so people didn’t want to leave the beach. In this experience you will learn about the impact of this hurricane.

Objectives:

  • Analyze the effects of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 on Galveston and Texas.
  • Identify the destruction of the hurricane and analyze why it was so great.




Galveston Hurricane, 1900


Can you name a recent hurricane that caused extensive damage? Name the hurricane or a city that experienced severe destruction.

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Students may be familiar with some of the hurricanes that have occurred in their lifetime or their region, for example:

  • Katrina, most notably hitting New Orleans
  • Rita, hitting the Gulf coast
  • Sandy, hitting the Eastern seaboard
  • Irene, hitting the Eastern seaboard
If your area has been affected by a hurricane, give the students time to discuss their personal experiences.


Divide students into their small groups for the next two scenes. When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.


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