The name is Spanish for "Land of Flowers"—chosen for the blooming meadows along Vince's Bayou. The bayou figured prominently in the Battle of San Jacinto. It is now a residential community closely tied to the petrochemical and shipping industries along the Houston Ship Channel. The town became a rural post office in 1900, mushroomed into a bustling residential suburb and continued to grow with Houston. It is the home of San Jacinto Junior College and Texas Chiropractic College.