Founding of Seabrook
The land which makes up Seabrook was founded in 1832 by Ritson Morris, a native Virginian, made a deal with the Mexican government and obtained the land. A small portion was bought by Seabrook W. Sydnor in 1895, and that portion became Seabrook. This new town was appealing to many people, including merchants, farmers, and fishermen. In 1961 the local leaders who feared annexation by Houston, Texas and La Porte, Texas initiated procedures and became incorporated. Later, in 1964, a bridge was built between Kemah, Texas and Seabrook and Highway 146 was formed. Seabrook is now the third largest boating community in the country.
Texas Revolution: Battle of San Jacinto
Near Seabrook is San Jacinto. Battle of San Jacinto, (April 21, 1836), defeat of a Mexican army of about 1,500 men under Gen.Antonio López de Santa Anna by about 800 men led by Gen. Sam Houston. The outcome ensured the success of American settlers in Texas in their war for independence from Mexico. Along the San Jacinto River, near the site of what was to be the city of Houston, Houston’s men, after days of retreat, took the Mexican fortified position by surprise, shouting, “Remember the Alamo, remember Goliad!” (the scenes of their previous defeats by Santa Anna); in less than half an hour, they killed about 600 Mexicans and wounded 200 more. Within 24 hours, 700 more were captured, including Santa Anna, who was freed after he came to terms with Houston to end the war. Six of Houston’s men were killed, and about 30 were wounded. The was then ended and Texas was its own independent country.