Pat Dunn, who owned a cattle ranch covering most of Padre Island from the late 1800s until his death in 1937.
Patrick Dunn, who owned a cattle ranch that covered about two-thirds of Padre Island from the late 1800s until his death in 1937.

From the Padre Island National Seashore Archives (courtesy of the Dunn family)

Except for the Spanish shipwreck of the 300 in 1554, there were never any recorded major events or battles of historical significance on Padre Island. Many would think that this means nothing of historical interest ever occurred on the island. They would be wrong.

Padre Island is rich with history, but because no major events occurred here, little was recorded about the people who lived or passed through here. That simply makes finding the information difficult.

In this section of the website, you will learn about the people who made the history of the island. Click on the following links for more information:

Native Americans

The Spanish

Importance of the Spanish Shipwrecks of 1554

Padre Balli


Military Presence

Oil and Natural Gas


Last updated: May 9, 2017

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