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Alvarez Alonzo de Pineda and the European Discovery
of CC Bay

The first European thought to have arrived in Corpus Christi was Alvarez Alonzo de Pineda, a Spaniard on expedition out of Jamaica. Legend has it that Corpus Christi Bay was discovered on the Festival Day of Corpus Christi in 1519. From that point on, the bay became a stopping point for many European vessels including more than a few buccaneers.


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