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Military camels arrive in Texas

Texas, 1857, zoomable map
Thirty-four camels, purchased at Smyrna in Turkey and transported from the Middle East aboard the USS Supply, Lt. David Dixon Porter commanding, arrived at Indianola on the coast of Texas. Congress had earlier authorized funds for the War Department experiments using camels for military purposes. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 21.


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