The southernmost city in the state, Brownsville offers the history, culture, traditions, language and people of two countries. Matamoros, Mexico, is just across the Rio Grande. The city was founded when Gen. Zachary Taylor established Fort Brown to claim the Rio Grande as the official U.S./Mexico border--this dispute touched off the Mexican War of 1846-48. Today, visitors enjoy tennis, fishing, nature viewing, swimming and going to the beach. Boca Chica Beach offers the natural beauty of a pristine, undeveloped stretch of coastline. Hike and bike trails are found throughout the city, including at Cascade Park with its 40-foot illuminated waterfall. Kayaking is available on the numerous waterways. This city is a birder's paradise with more than 500 documented bird species around the area. Charro Days Fiesta and Air Fiesta are in February and the Latin Jazz Festival is in October.

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