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San Jose Island

Inhabited first by the Karankawa Indians, then by conquering Spaniards, by the 1830’s San Jose Island was a haven for pirates. In 1834, remains of a pirate camp were found, complete with iron rings implanted in the sand for tying boats or slaves. Rumors abound of a Spanish dagger with a silver spike that still guards Pirate Jean Lafitte’s treasure. Today, the Island is privately owned but its beach is accessible by a short passenger ferry boat ride across the channel.

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