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V. Some Significant Events Relating to the Texas Navy
1 September 1835
1 November 1835
24 November 1835
19 December 1835
2 March 1836
3 March 1836
6 March 1836
3 April 1836
21 April 1836
3 June 1836
to April 1837
17 April 1837
June to August
Mexico revolts against Spain and forms a Republic.
United States citizens immigrate to Texas. The Mexican government
tries to control the influx. A groundswell of feeling for
Texas independence develops.
President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna dissolves the Mexican
Texans in merchant ships San Felipe and Laura seize the Mexican
treasury vessel Correo de Mejico. Mexican public opinion
is inflamed, but the coasts of Texas remain open.
Texas revolts against Mexico. A centralized government is
established under Stephen Austin and Sam Houston.
The Texas General Council creates a Navy, authorizing a fleet
consisting of four schooners.
Privateer William Robins recaptures the American schooner
Hannah Elizabeth, which had been seized by Mexico. The incident
compels Mexico to send its shipping in convoy.
The Mexican Army, unable to secure logistic support from the
sea, is driven from Texas. The Texas Navy captures several
small coasters. In the Spring, Lopez de Santa Anna leads the
Mexican Army back into Texas.
Texas declares her independence and proclaims a Republic.
Texas schooner Liberty captures Mexican schooner Pelican off
Sisal, Yucatan, with contraband gunpowder.
The Alamo falls.
Texas schooner Invincible captures American brig Pocket carrying
contraband under a false manifest to the Mexican Army.
General Sam Houston's Army wins the battle of San Jacinto
as the Texas Navy prevents support from reaching Lopez de
Santa Anna, who had to stay near the sea for logistic support
which never came.
Texas Rangers capture three merchant vessels with supplies
for the retreating Mexican Army off Corpus Christi.
Independence, Brutus, and Invincible of the Texas fleet undergo
overhaul in the United States.
Independence is captured off Galveston by two Mexican brigs.
Brutus and Invincible cruise off Mexico, capturing five ships in
a highly successful voyage which carries the conflict to Mexico's
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