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Near Nocona in Montague County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of the 1759 Taovayo Victory Over Spain

 
 
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By Larry D. Moore, June 15, 2018
1. Site of the 1759 Taovayo Victory Over Spain Marker
Inscription. Col. Diego Ortiz Parilla, a commandant of Presidio San Saba (near the later site of Menard) had grave Indian problems in 1759. Priests and others were killed in Comanche attacks on Mission San Saba. Comanches and their friends were allied to Frenchmen, who were trading deep in Spanish domain. Parilla wished to whip the Comanches and expel the French. With 380 soldiers and Indian support to a total of 600 men, he left San Antonio in August. A victory over some Tonkawas on the Brazos as he marched north gave him false confidence. When he arrived at this site in October, he saw Red River forming a moat around a fort. His Apaches tried in vain to span the river and invade the fortified Taovaya village. He saw 14 or more Frenchmen; a French flag was flying. Indians played drum and fife and had plenty of guns and ammunition. He bombarded the fort with cannons, but after losing 52 men in a 4-hour battle he was glad that nightfall gave him a chance to withdraw. He was pursued for many days as he retreated to Presidio San Saba, which he reached on Oct. 25, 1759. The Taovaya Indians were later known as Wichitas, and continued to resist white men until the 1870s.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4922.)
 
Location. 33° 
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By Larry D. Moore, June 15, 2018
2. Site of the 1759 Taovayo Victory Over Spain Marker Area
56.727′ N, 97° 36.991′ W. Marker is near Nocona, Texas, in Montague County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Street (Farm to Market Road 103 Spur) and Myrtle Street, on the right when traveling east on 4th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nocona TX 76255, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spanish Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Orr Community Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.1 miles away in Oklahoma); Illinois Bend School (approx. 8.7 miles away); Frontier Montague County Trails & Mail Routes (approx. 12.2 miles away); Red River Station / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (approx. 12.2 miles away); Cotton Gin & Grist Millstones (approx. 12.2 miles away); Central Christian Church (approx. 12 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Taovaya Indians. from the Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on June 30, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.) 

2. Ortiz Parrilla, Diego. from the Handbook of Texas Online (Submitted on June 30, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 30, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 30, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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