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St. Joseph Island
Saint Joseph Island is a sand barrier island located between Aransas Bay in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. It is separated from Matagorda Island on the north by Cedar Bayou and from Mustang Island on the south by Aransas Pass. The French who first landed on the island in the early 1700 knew the combined islands of St. Joseph and Matagorda as The Culebra. The first United States flag to be raised in Texas is said to have been raised on St. Joseph Island by United States troops on July 26, 1845. The island is largely uninhabited today.
Coordinates: 28.00° N 96.93° W
Nearest Largest City: Port Aransas, Texas, USA
Area of Coverage: 296 km2
Width: 8.0 km
Length: 37.0 km
St. Joseph Island is characterized by sand dunes, salt grasses and cord grasses that are covered with tidal flats and windswept stretches of beaches. The grasslands and marshes on the island provide important nursing grounds for migratory birds.
The Hand Book of Texas Online - St. Joseph Island. URL: http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/SS/rrs9.html
AllRefer.com - Saint Joseph Island
The Hand Book of Texas Online - St. Joseph Island
Keywords: Bird, Grass, Sand dune
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