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DAVID CROCKETT. The David Crockett was a keelboat reported to be the first large craft to navigate the Colorado River. On April 11, 1838, it arrived at the head of "the raft on the Colorado," ten miles above the port of Matagorda in Matagorda County, after averaging more than sixty miles a day of daytime navigation. Cargoes of cotton were unloaded there and carried by wagon around the obstructing raft to Matagorda, where they were loaded on ocean-going vessels for shipment.


William R. Hogan, The Texas Republic: A Social and Economic History (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1946; rpt. 1969).

Jeff Carroll


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Jeff Carroll, "DAVID CROCKETT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.