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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