Texas Trivia

August 6th, 1844: This hurricane produced the first records of large loss of life along the lower Texas coast. Residents of South Padre Island fled to Matamoros for shelter. The 1844 storm completely destroyed the settlement after the waters eroded a pass clear through the old settlement. The town later relocated off the barrier island. The only survivor was reported to be the captain of the pilot boat who remained offshore. In Corpus Christi, high winds and tides capsized a pirate raft, loaded with their treasures. The Mexican Customs Office was moved to the mainland due to this storm. Seventy lives were lost.

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