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The city served as a transfer point for oceangoing vessels and coastal steamers which ran a route through Galveston Bay and Buffalo Bayou to Houston. The construction of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad, which built a bridge to the island in 1860, strengthened the link between the two towns. Business collapsed, however, when the Civil War brought a blockade of the port by Union ships and a brief occupation of the town by federal troops. The dramatic battle of Galveston on New Year's Day, 1863, ended the occupation, but the port remained isolated and served mainly as a departure point for small blockade runners. Following the war Galveston quickly recovered

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The island is a part of the string of sand barrier islands along the coastal zone of Texas. On its eastern end where the city stands the currents of Galveston Bay maintain a natural harbor which historically provided the best port site between New Orleans and Veracruz. Karankawa Indians used the island for hunting and fishing, and it was the probable location of the shipwreck landing of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1528. José de Evia, who charted the Texas coast in 1785, named Galveston Bay in honor of Bernardo de Gálvez, the viceroy of Mexico. Later mapmakers applied the name Galveston to the island. Louis Aury established a naval base at the harbor in 1816 to support the revolution in Mexico, and from this point Aury, Francisco Xavier Mina, and Henry Perryq launched an unsuccessful attack against the Spanish in Mexico. When Aury returned with his ships after leaving Perry and Mina on the Mexican coast he found Galveston occupied by Jean Laffite, who had set up a pirate camp called Campeachy to dispose of contraband and provide supplies for the freebooters. In 1821, however, the United States forced Laffite to evacuate. Texas Historical Society

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Wyndham Historical Hotel
2024 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, Texas 77550

Best Western-Beachfront
5914 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551

Howard Johnson
8216 Harborside Dr
Galveston, TX 77554

Avenue O
Bed & Breakfast

2323 Avenue O, Galveston, TX, 77550
Originally constructed for Henry Truehart in 1923. Adriance, a partner in the first chartered realty firm in Galveston, it continued as a private residence until 2002. It was then purchased by Jim and Connie Porter for the purpose of converting it into an island retreat

Baytown KOA
11810 I-10 East
Baytown, TX 77520
At this KOA, you get two great Texas cities for the price of one. You're minutes from downtown Houston and an easy drive from Galveston and Gulf Coast beaches.

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