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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina

 
 
Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 11, 2010
1. Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina Marker
Inscription. A bivouac in late 1816 and early 1817 for an oddly mixed group of soldiers from many nations joined in the common purpose of freeing Mexico from Spain. Under two spirited leaders-- Mina (1789-1817), an impetuous young Spanish general, and Aury (about 1788-1821), a French privateer and soldier of fortune--the forces drilled while waiting reinforcements and the best time to strike. For six years Mexico had been trying to wrest power from Spain but lacked military leadership and supplies. These items the two young adventurers hoped to furnish. Aury had already been chosen by Mexican rebel leaders as "Commissioner" of Galveston Island, from which he preyed on Spanish shipping. At the campsite, Mina's cargo was stored in the hulk of an abandoned ship and, under a torrid sun, he set up tents west of "Galvez Town." Aury, from his store of booty, supplied all with excellent rations. On April 7, 1817, Mina's invaders sailed, with eight ships and about 235 men, for Soto la Marina; Aury stayed at Galveston. At first victorious, Mina moved inland but was defeated at Venadito on October 27. Three years later, having gained from early rebel efforts such as these, Mexico won her freedom.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee.
 
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Location of marker. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 11, 2010
2. Location of marker.
18.655′ N, 94° 47.066′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street and Harborside Drive, on the left when traveling north on 14th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jean Lafitte (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Galveston Immigration Stations (approx. mile away); Victor Gustafson Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Landes-McDonough House (approx. 0.3 miles away); "Old Red" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Galveston Medical College (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wilbur Cherry House (approx. 0.4 miles away); C. F. Marschner Building (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Louis Michel Aury. Biographical article in Handbook of Texas online. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.) 

2. Francisco Xavier Mina. Biographical article in the Handbook of Texas online. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraHispanic AmericansWars, Non-US
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,132 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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