Brazoria County is situated at the Texas Coastal Bend in Southeast Texas and named for the Brazos River, which flows through the county. The county was first established in 1836, and eventually, Angleton became the county seat. One of its towns, Velasco, was actually the temporary capital of the Republic of Texas in the old days, before the first capital, Columbia, was officially established. The key industries in this county are petroleum and chemical, as well as fishing, agriculture, and tourism. Beaches, watersports, fishing, and hunting are great recreation options in the area along with visiting the San Bernard and Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, the Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area and the Justin Hurst Wildlife Management area.