Port Aransas history

June 01, 2011 @ 04:57 PM -- by

As a Port Aransas Jones Act maritime lawyer, I am very interested in the history of Port Aransas. Mustang Island, on which Port Aransas sits, was originally called "Wild Horse Island" because of the many wild horses (called "mesterios") which the Spaniards brought in the 1800's. There were many famous pirates on the island at this time also. Jean Lafitte, the French pirate, and his group of buccaneers spent a lot of time on Mustang Island in the 1820's until his death in 1823. People still think that his buried treasure is somewhere on the Island.