Surfside in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
On June 26, 1832, when Texans under John Austin and Henry Smith came down river with cannon for use against Mexican forces at Anahuac, they ran against the resistance of Lt. Col. Domingo de Ugartechea. As commander of Mexican forces at Velasco, Ugartechea refused passage through the mouth of the Brazos River to the vessel bearing the cannon to Anahuac. Some 112 Texans attacked the port at midnight, and after 9 hours under the fire of Texas rifles and cannon, the Mexican garrison was forced to surrender.
The Battle of Velasco, brought on by a customs quarrel at Anahuac, was unknowingly fought after the dispute at Anahuac had been peaceably settled. After the victory at San Jacinto 4 years later, President David G. Burnet moved the capital of the Republic of Texas temporarily to Velasco. Here the Treaty of Velasco, ending hostilities between Texas and Mexico, was signed on May 14, 1836. (1965)
Erected 1965 by Texas Historical
Location. 28° 57.047′ N, 95° 17.162′ W. Marker is in Surfside, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on Blue Water Highway (State Highway 332) near Surf Drive when traveling east. Located 1 block south of Intracoastal Waterway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Freeport TX 77541, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Velasco, CSA (here, next to this marker); Historical Jetties (here, next to this marker); Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (a few steps from this marker); The Lively (approx. one mile away); Old Quintana (approx. 1.8 miles away); Freeport National Bank (approx. 3.7 miles away); Stringfellow Ranch (approx. 8.4 miles away); Battle of Jones Creek (approx. 11.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located next to another Texas Historical Commission Marker and a large stone monument about fifty yards from the entrance booth for autos to the beach (Driving on the beach is permitted in this section)
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Velasco. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
2. Battle of Velasco - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, Texas Independence •
More. Search the internet for Velasco.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2008, by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,995 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 16, 2008, by Texmexfla of Houston, Texas. 5, 6. submitted on October 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.