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

Englishmen in South Texas, 1568

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2018
1. Englishmen in South Texas, 1568 Marker
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Fifty-two years before the celebrated landing of English settlers at Plymouth Rock, in what is now Massachusetts, three Englishmen traveled this South Texas area. They were sailors who had gone to sea in 1567 with Sir John Hawkins, an admiral of the fleet of Queen Elizabeth I, on a trading voyage. At Vera Cruz, Mexico, on Sept 26, 1568, Sir John was attacked by the Spanish, losing five of his six ships. Forced by famine and overcrowding to lighten the remaining crippled ship, he put ashore 114 of his men on October 8, 1568, near Tampico. Most went south, only to be captured by the Spanish; 26 went north, had Indian fights and other misfortunes. Of the 26, only Richard Browne, David Ingram, and Richard Twide ever reached England again. That Browne, Ingram, and Twide passed through this part of Texas is evident by Ingram's testimony, given to her Majesty's secretary in 1582. He told of cannibal Indians along the Gulf Coast, described the lush grass at the Rio Grande's mouth and the sandy regions north of that river, told of large "musquetas" and of eating prickly pear fruit.

In 11 months of steady walking—only once resting
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2018
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as long as five days—they reached Frenchmen in Nova Scotia, and a ship captain took them to Europe.
 
Erected 1973 by State Historical Survery Committee. (Marker Number 1485.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1568.
 
Location. 27° 31.001′ N, 97° 51.608′ W. Marker is in Kingsville, Texas, in Kleberg County. Marker is at the intersection of North 11th Street and East Kleberg Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North 11th Street. Marker is located on the west side Kleberg County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 700 East Kleberg Avenue, Kingsville TX 78363, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Uriah Lott (approx. half a mile away); St. Paul Lutheran Church (approx. half a mile away); The Kingsville Railroad Depot (approx. half a mile away); Taylor Camp Site, 1846 (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bishop (approx. 6 miles away); First Baptist Church of Bishop (approx. 6 miles away); St. John Lutheran Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Bishop (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingsville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is significantly weathered and somewhat difficult to read.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Longest Walk: David Ingram’s Amazing Journey. If Ingram is to be believed, he and two others with
Englishmen in South Texas Marker (<i>wide view; marker right; Kleberg Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2018
3. Englishmen in South Texas Marker (wide view; marker right; Kleberg Courthouse in background)
Kleberg County Courthouse undergoing major renovation and window upgrade at time of this photo.
him accomplished perhaps the outstanding walk in recorded history. It seems undeniable that they were the first Englishmen to see anything of North America behind the coast, as certainly Ingram was the first to report on it. Hawkins had got the Minion back to England in January, 1569, after a ghastly voyage. (“Our men being oppressed with Famine, died continually,” he reported, until “wee were scantly able to manure [maneuver] our ship.”) He must have been astounded when, a year later, three men he had left on the coast of Mexico presented themselves to him. They were David Ingram, Richard Browne, and Richard Twide, the only members of the northward-marching body to return home. (Submitted on May 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. David Ingram's Improbable Walk Across 16th-Century America. The route followed by Ingram and his men is unknown, as is the fate of all but three. Ingram says in his 'Relation' that they remained behind in various cities and towns, marrying local women. Only Ingram, Richard Twide and Richard Browne were found on the coast of Nova Scotia. No trace was ever found - or sought - of the other men. In 1569, the three travelers arrived in England and promptly vanished into obscurity. Thirteen years later, after Twide and Browne had died, Ingram's story was brought to the attention of Queen
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 17, 2018
4. Kleberg County Courthouse Renovation Sign
Elizabeth's Secretary of State, Sir Francis Walsingham. Walsingham summoned Ingram to be interviewed concerning what he knew of the eastern parts of the New World. (Submitted on May 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 472 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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