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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
Bowie, Jim

(1796-1836) Scot who fought and died at the Alamo. Born in Kentucky of Scottish ancestry, he either invented or popularized the Bowie knife. He operated a sugar mill in Louisiana where he instructed steam power and learned to speak Spanish and French in New Orleans. In 1828 he went to Texas receiving land grants from the Mexican governor and marrying his daughter. He joined the Texas revolution contesting the leadership of the corps with William Travis.

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