Texan Santa Fe Expedition

Texan Santa Fe Expedition (HMGQK)

Location: Georgetown, TX 78626 Williamson County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 38.699', W 97° 35.55'

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A dramatic chapter in administration (1838-1841) of Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar. Aware of United State - Mexico commerce crossing Texas by the Santa Fe Trail near the Canadian River, President Lamar sought similar trade advantages for Texas.

He initiated the Texan Santa Fe Expedition early in 1841, with Dr. Richard F. Brenham, Col. Wm. G. Cooke and Jose Antonio Navarro as commissioners. Cooke began recruiting in April, forming an artillery and five infantry companies. Remainder of 321 members included merchants (with $200,000 worth of goods), teamsters, guides and others. George W. Kendall, of the New Orleans "Picayune", joined to write classic book on the venture. Travel was by 21 slow ox-wagons.

First day's march, June 19, 1841, ended on the San Gabriel, and expedition's campsite is near here.

Before reaching the Santa Fe Trail some 600 miles north, the men were to have torturing experiences with drought and unknown terrain. Ill from hardships, the group was betrayed into the hands of Mexican authorities and sent as prisoners to Mexico City. However, this penetration of upper Texas gave the republic stronger claims to her northern lands.
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Marker Number9362
Year Placed1970
Placed ByThe State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 3:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 634870 N 3391102
Decimal Degrees30.64498333, -97.59250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 38.699', W 97° 35.55'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 38' 41.94" N, 97° 35' 33.00" W
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Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 Sunny Creek Dr, Georgetown TX 78626, US
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