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The area remained under Spanish rule until 1821, when Mexico declared independence from Spain, and the area was considered part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas.
In 1836, Texians, with a majority of Anglo-American settlers, gained independence from Mexico and formed the Republic of Texas.
The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines.
Dallas and nearby Fort Worth were developed due to the construction of major railroad lines through the area allowing access to cotton, cattle, and later oil in North and East Texas.
The construction of the Interstate Highway System reinforced Dallas's prominence as a transportation hub with four major interstate highways converging in the city, and a fifth interstate loop around it.
It became an industrial city, attracting workers from Texas, the South, and the Midwest.
The Praetorian Building of 15 stories, built in 1909, was the first skyscraper west of the Mississippi and the tallest building in Texas for some time. A racetrack for Thoroughbreds was built and their owners established the Dallas Jockey Club.
Its historic district has one of the largest collections of Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Prairie-style homes in the United States.