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This Day in Texas History: Castaways Begin Amazing Journey

This Day in Texas History: Castaways Begin Amazing Journey November 6, 1528 On this day in 1528, some eighty survivors of the Narváez expedition washed up on an island off the Texas coast. The castaways included Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and three other men: the slave Estevanico, Alonso Castillo Maldonado, and Andrés Dorantes de…
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This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar

This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar August 5, 1838 On this day in 1838, Samuel D. Parr arrived at Point Bolivar and claimed a league of land there, thus becoming the first permanent settler in the area. Point Bolivar is at the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula, across from…
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This day in Texas History: Indian Captive Reunited With Husband

This day in Texas History: Indian Captive Reunited With Husband February 19, 1838 On this day in 1838, Indian captive Rachel Plummer was reunited with her husband after spending over a year with the Comanches. Born Rachel Parker in Illinois in 1819, she moved to Texas with her father, James W. Parker, and her family…
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This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler at Point Bolivar

This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler at Point Bolivar August 05, 1838 On this day in 1838, Samuel D. Parr arrived at Point Bolivar and claimed a league of land there, thus becoming the first permanent settler in the area. Point Bolivar is at the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula, across from the…
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This Day in Texas History: Camels Arrive in Texas

This Day in Texas History: Camels Arrive in Texas April 29, 1856 On this day in 1856, a shipload of camels arrived at the Texas port of Indianola. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis had urged Congress to bring the animals from North Africa to help the army in its Indian operations. Major H. C. Wayne…
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This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys

This Day in Texas History: War Department Orders Indian Reservation Surveys April 26, 1854 On this day in 1854, the U.S. War Department ordered Randolph B. Marcy, in conjunction with Indian agent Robert S. Neighbors, to locate and survey land for Indian reservations in unsettled territory, preferably on timbered land of good soil adjacent to…
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This day in Texas History: Presidio County Established

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Presidio County established January 03, 1850 On this day in 1850, Presidio County was established from Bexar Land District with Fort Leaton as the county seat. The area around the present town of Presidio on the Rio Grande, known as La Junta de los Ríos, is…
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This day in Texas History: Texas Rangers “rescue” Cynthia Ann Parker

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Rangers “rescue” Cynthia Ann Parker December 18, 1860 On this day in 1860, Texas Rangers under the command of Lawrence S. Ross attacked a Comanche hunting camp at Mule Creek. During this raid the rangers were surprised to find that one of their captives…
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