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

Karankawa Campsite

 
 
Karankawa Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 17, 2010
1. Karankawa Campsite Marker
Inscription. In this area is one of several known Karankawa campsites or burial grounds. Now extinct, the nomadic Indians lived along the Texas coast, depending on the Gulf for survival. In 1528 they aided Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca, but resisted all intruders from the time of the French expedition of La Salle in 1685. The tribe later declined because of disease and warfare with pirates and Anglo-American settlers. Known for tall tribesmen and alleged practices of ceremonial cannibalism, they had virtually disappeared from Texas by the 1840s. This campsite was discovered in 1962.
 
Erected 1966 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 11.219′ N, 94° 58.865′ W. Marker is near Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Bob Smith Road and Jolly Roger Road, on the right when traveling north on Bob Smith Road. Touch 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 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Galveston Island (approx. 2 miles away); Lafitte's Grove (approx. 3.3 miles away); Campbell's Bayou (approx. 9.4 miles away); Civil War Fortifications at Virginia Point
Location of Karankawa Campsite image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 17, 2010
2. Location of Karankawa Campsite
(approx. 9.4 miles away); Galveston "News", C.S.A. (approx. 9.7 miles away); Rosewood Cemetery (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Italian Vault (approx. 10.9 miles away); Galilee Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Karankawa Campsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
3. Karankawa Campsite Marker
Panorama near and across from the marker that illustrates the Karankawa's coastal environment on Galveston Bay.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,360 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   3. submitted on January 3, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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