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BRAZOS SANTIAGO PASS. Brazos Santiago Pass is the water passage between Padre Island and Brazos Island, just southeast of Port Isabel in Cameron County (at 26°04' N, 97°07' W). It provides entry to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and to the Brownsville Ship Channel. The name Brazos Santiago is often mistakenly said to have been given the inlet by Francisco de Garay, though he never came to the area.


Writers' Roundtable, Padre Island (San Antonio: Naylor, 1950).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"BRAZOS SANTIAGO PASS," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.