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In the fall of 1839, Republic of Texas president Mirabeau Lamar charged a delegation of five horsemen with finding the best place for the capital. Their choice was the small, remote community of Waterloo on the north bank of the Colorado where the river cascades down the Balcones Escarpment. The next year the legislature confirmed the selection and renamed it in honor of Stephen F. Austin, colonizer of the first American settlement in Texas.
Growth during Austin's first decade was sporadic. A Mexican invasion, the danger of American Indian raids and the town's isolation discouraged many settlers. More important than these risks was Sam Houston's opposition to Austin. During his presidency he moved the capital to Houston and later to Washington-on-the-Brazos.