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ZAPATA, TEXAS

Zapata County Seat, South Texas
Hwy 83 at the International Reservoir
50 miles S of Laredo
Population: 7,119 (1990)

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Zapata County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2006
Zapata County Courthouse
History in a Pecan Shell

Zapata dates to Spanish land grants that go back to 1767.

When the first settlers crossed the Rio Grande the town was called Habitacion. Then Carrizo, then Bellville after Governor Peter Bell. Finally the permanent name of Zapata was authorized to honor Col. Antonio Zapata, one of the founders of the Republic of the Rio Grande.

In the early 1850s, two military posts, Camp Drum and Camp Harney, were located at Zapata. to combat border disturbances and prevent Indian attacks.

In 1842 the men of the Somervell expedition briefly occupied the town. It was here that received orders to abandon the expedition. Those that refused to turn back went on to become captured by the Mexicans.

The population of Zapata increased suddenly when people from Guerrero crossed the river to escape the Mexican Revolution.

In 1953 the town was moved to higher ground when Falcon Dam was built. Zapata is a gas and oil well center.
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