Texas Navy

Texans have always been ambitious.  Faced with the prospect of an overwhelming land invasion, the new government of Texas in January 1836 decided to found a Navy in addition to an Army.  The force consisted of four schooners, Invincible, Brutus, Independence and Liberty,  all under the command of Commodore Charles Edwards Hawkins.  Although massively outnumbered and outgunned by the Mexican Navy, the Texas Navy succeeded in foiling the attempt by the Mexican Navy to blockade the Texan ports, and captured badly needed supplies from Mexican merchant ships, sending them on to Houston’s army.  By October of 1837 all the original ships of the Texas Navy had been lost due to enemy action or mishap at sea. (more…)

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Published in: on September 7, 2010 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Texas Navy  
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