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Standing nearly five feet tall, this bright, colorful map depicts Padre Island as it stretches south from Corpus Christi Bay through five counties before ending in Cameron County. The island, named for Padre José Nicolás Ballí, founder of the first Spanish mission in Cameron County, is the largest barrier island in the world at 113 miles long. A proposed 80 mile Federal Seashore Area, noted by a dashed black line, would become the Padre Island National Seashore wildlife reserve.

Representing the rich, diverse history of Padre Island, the flags of all six of its sovereigns - France, Spain, Mexico, Texas, the Confederate States, and the United States - are displayed above the Seal of Texas. Other notable features include the site of the 1912 wreck of the SS Nicaragua off the coast of Kenedy County as well as “active business and residential development” at the south tip of the island. Partially adopted in 2005 by the James and Margaret Earthman Foundation, Inc. Conservation was funded in 2006 by Friends of the Texas General Land Office and James and Margaret Earthman Foundation, Inc.
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