Austin, Moses (1761–1821), a United States businessman and colonizer. He was born in Durham, Connecticut. Austin operated lead mines in Virginia and Missouri, but lost his money in a bank failure. In 1821 he was given a grant to settle 300 families in Texas. His son, Stephen F. Austin, carried out the plan after his father's death.
The railroad expansion of the 1800s changed America forever. By 1900, the people North America had settled a continent that previous generations had thought would take a thousand years to occupy.
In the early 1800s, the United States witnessed the birth of the railroad industry and along with it, dramatic changes in American society and business. What was life like before and after the railroads?