The Texas cattle industry enjoyed huge growth after the Civil War. This led to large cattle drives and the establishment of vast cattle ranches.
The 1st Cattle drive from Texas; Spain entered the American Revolution to fight with the colonies against England in 1779. Bernardo de Gálvez seized the British forts along the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico. To feed his soldiers, he had 10,000 longhorns rounded up in Texas and drove to his troops. Galveston, Texas was named after him.