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Guncock with flint

French settlers, Spanish soldiers, and Karankawa Indians all left traces of their arms and ammunition at the site. In addition to the eight French cannon, European weaponry is represented by more than 300 stone gunflints (both French and Spanish), lead balls of varying sizes, and quantities of rusted fragments of flint-lock guns, swords, and knives. In stark contrast to the strength represented in the European arsenal are remnants of the traditional Indian weaponry— small chipped-stone points used to tip arrows propelled with wodoen bows.  The Indians also had access to European weapons. Based on historic accounts of the Karankawa attack on the French settlement, however, the Indian weapons served them well. Enlarge each image to learn more.

Triggerguard Ornament



Scabbard tip


Gun barrel