Matagorda Bay


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Matagorda Bay

(mătəgôr`də), inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, c.50 mi (80 km) long and from 3 to 12 mi (4.8–19 km) wide, SE Tex., protected by a long sandspit, Matagorda Peninsula. It receives the Colorado River and is crossed by the Intracoastal Waterway. Matagorda Island is a sandbar farther south at the entrance of San Antonio Bay. On the shore of Matagorda Bay is the site of the former town of Matagorda, which was settled in 1825 and served as a port for Stephen F. AustinAustin, Stephen Fuller,
1793–1836, American leader of colonization in Texas, known as the Father of Texas, b. Wythe co., Va.; son of Moses Austin. He grew up in Missouri, studied at Transylvania Univ.
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's colony. Matagorda is known principally for fishing and oyster gathering. The area is often struck by hurricanes.
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Johnson justifies the need for a new biography because it is the first to appear since the excavation of La Salle's ship, the Belle, in 1995 at Matagorda Bay, Texas.
Best bets for bird spotting include the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, with its diverse habitats and hummingbird and butterfly gardens, and the 1,600-acre Matagorda Bay Nature Park, located at the mouth of the Colorado River, which also includes areas for fishing, camping, canoeing, and beachcombing.
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The 50-foot ship, The Belle, ran aground and sank 311 years ago in a storm in the Gulf of Mexico's Matagorda Bay, about 125 miles southwest of what today is Houston.
A French expedition to Texas led by Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, landed at Matagorda Bay and soon built a fort there.
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