Throughout its decade-long existence, the Republic of Texas was never really at peace. Texians struggled to keep the independence they won from a Mexico that refused to admit defeat. A critical part of Texas’ defense was the Republic’s Navy, which often deployed its warships deep into the Gulf of Mexico and the western Caribbean, striking at Mexico City’s commerce and forces, and supporting revolutionary allies in Mexican provinces like Yucatan and Tabasco.
The battle to secure Texas independence culminated in May 1843, when two sailing vessels of the Texas Navy, under Commodore Edwin Moore, engaged a Mexican squadron lead by two iron-hulled steamships armed with ultramodern explosive shell-firing guns. The fate of the republic – and the American West -- hung in the balance. . . .
About Jonathon W. Jordan
Jonathan W. Jordan is author of the award-winning book “LONE STAR NAVY: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West” (Potomac Books 2007), as well as “AMERICAN WARLORDS: How Roosevelt's High Command Led America to Victory in World War II” (NAL/Caliber 2015); and the New York Times bestseller “BROTHERS RIVALS VICTORS: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe” (NAL/Caliber 2011). He is the editor of the Library of Texas edition of “To the People of Texas,” by Texas Navy Commodore Edwin Ward Moore and a contributing author to “The Armchair Reader: World War II” and “The Armchair Reader: The Amazing Book of World History.” A regular book critic for The Wall Street Journal, his writing has appeared in World War II magazine, Armchair General, Military History, World War II History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. Jon’s most recent work, with his daughter Emily Anne Jordan, is “THE WAR QUEENS: Extraordinary Women Who Ruled the Battlefield” (Diversion 2020).
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Jon grew up on Air Force bases, from which his father flew C-141 Starlifters for the Military Air Command during the Vietnam War. He lived in New Jersey, Ohio, and the Philippines until 1976, when his family moved to Selma, Alabama. Jon obtained an accounting degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and his law degree from Vanderbilt University. He practiced law in Texas for nine years before moving to Marietta, Georgia. He lives in Marietta with his family and practices commercial litigation and corporate bankruptcy law as counsel to the Atlanta-based international firm King & Spalding LLP.
When not cheering his son from fencing sidelines, hiking, shooting, or camping, Jon is working on his next book.
This program is sponsored through the generous support of the Texas Maritime Museum in Rockport, Texas.
The museum’s mission is to offer a variety of experiences to children and adults by collecting, preserving, and interpreting items of historical interest for educational purposes; to recount Texas maritime history through artifacts, documents, and other materials of unique or historical value; and to exhibit items to further the public interest, knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of such material and related historical background.
The Museum’s collections and exhibits are based on four central themes: (1) the history and technology of offshore petroleum production and transportation; (2) the history and development of Texas seaports, maritime communities and maritime commerce along the Gulf of Mexico; (3) the exploration and settlement history of the Texas Gulf Coast beginning with the Spanish and French; and (4) the Texas seafood and fishing industry.
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