San Jacinto Museum of History

To Scour the Gulf: The Story of the First Texas Navy

Saturday, September 17 11:00 - 2:00

On March 2, 1836, the same day that the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed, a broadside was printed in San Felipe de Austin, calling for “every armed vessel which can be had should be dispatched at once, to scour the Gulf, and all points where most likely to intercept the stores and supplies of the enemy, and every precaution adopted for protecting our own stores.”

During the Texas Revolution, a combination of the newly-formed Texas Navy, privateers, and the occasional private citizen plied the waters of the Gulf, harassing Mexican ships and keeping the sea lanes to the United States open. While they don’t get the same attention as the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, the actions of the First Texas Navy were instrumental in the success of the Texas Army.

This Texas Navy Day weekend, come celebrate at the San Jacinto Museum. Learn about major battles from the First Texas Navy and test your knowledge with a flag game on loan from the Houston Maritime Center.

When: Saturday, September 17; drop in between 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. & Sunday, September 18, drop-in between 1:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.

Where: San Jacinto Museum

Age Range: Kids 6+

Cost: Free with purchase of ticket to the San Jacinto Monument

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