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Houston (/'[email protected]/ [listen]) is the largest city in Texas, fourth most populous US city, and sixth most populous North American city. It has a population total of 2,304,580. It is located in Southeast Texas, near Galveston Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and is the seat and most populous city of Harris County. The Greater Houston metropolitan area is the fifth-most populous metro statistical area in the United States, and the second-most populous area in Texas (Dallas–Fort Worth is bigger). Houston is the Southeast anchor of the larger megaregion, known as the Texas Triangle. 
Houston covers 637.4 sq. miles (1,651km2) and is the ninth largest city in America (including consolidated cities-counties). It is the United States' largest city by area. However, its government is not consolidated in any county, parish, or territory. Although the majority of the city is located in Harris County, there are small areas that extend into Montgomery and Fort Bend counties. These counties border other major communities of Greater Houston like Sugar Land and The Woodlands.
Land investors founded the city of Houston on August 30, 1836  at the confluence between Buffalo Bayou, White Oak Bayou (now Allen's Landing). It was incorporated as a municipality on June 5, 1837.  Houston is named after Sam Houston, a former president of the Republic of Texas who had won Texas' independence from Mexico at Battle of San Jacinto. The Battle of San Jacinto took place 25 miles (40km) east of Allen's Landing.  Houston was briefly the capital of Texas Republic until the 1830s. However, it grew steadily to become a regional trading hub for the rest of the 19th century.