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THE TEXAS NAVY: NEGLECTED MILITARY UNIT

Texas NavyThe Memorial Day Holiday is marked here at Balladeer’s Blog with items about neglected conflicts and neglected military units from American history. The latest unit to be examined is the Navy of the Republic of Texas. I’ll examine the period from the Texas Revolution against the tyrannical Mexican government up through the Texas Republic joining the U.S. as the State of Texas.

During the Fall Season of 1835 Texas rebelled against Mexico’s despotism and in March of 1836 officially declared their independence. On September 1st, 1835 two Texas ships – the San Felipe and Laura – clashed with the Mexican vessel Correo de Mejico. Maritime fallout from the incident severely limited Mexico’s efforts to prevent the rebellious Texans from importing arms and supplies for the conflict.

By November of 1835 the Texas government established an official navy to serve at sea and along the Rio Grande. Commodore Charles E Hawkins was in command. During the Texas Revolution their navy prevented the Mexican Navy from establishing a blockade of the new Republic’s coast and its port cities. Those naval forces simultaneously raided Mexican merchant ships, plundering supplies for the Texan land forces.  Continue reading

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TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – GALVESTON COLLEGE

GALVESTON COLLEGE WHITECAPS

Location: Galveston, TX

Division: NJCAA

Major sports: baseball, softball, volleyball

Site: http://www.gc.edu/gc/Athletics.asp?SnID=1428113577

Comment: Not only is Galveston one of the most interesting cities in the western states, but it’s the island home of one of the coolest-named college sports teams imaginable! As always I’m a sucker for teams whose names reflect the character and history of their region and Whitecaps qualifies on multiple levels. Not only is the Continue reading

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