“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Exploration Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
1. Exploration Marker
Inscription.  The first recorded history of Galveston Island occurred in 1528 with the shipwreck of Cabeza de Vaca and his crewmen. They were survivors of Alvarez de Pineda’s ill-fated expedition to Florida and were held captive here by the Karankawa Indians. De Vaca and three of his men escaped to Mexico six years later.

Coastal Indians, mainly the Karankawas, inhabited the area and the island abounded in wild game.

Other explorers of the area and surrounding bay waters included Robert Cavelier, Siuer de La Salle, who established a French colony in 1685 in what is now Matagorda County and Luis de Moscoso, successor in command to Hernando de Soto. In the eighteenth century, Dutch buccaneers were active in the Gulf, raiding Spanish galleons. Explorers continued to come to the island and by 1788 the population reached 268.

Galveston Island had many names during its early history. Among them were Culebra, Malhado, San Luis, Isla Blanca and Campeche. In 1783 Jose de Hevia surveyed the island and the bay, reporting he found persons here who gave him assistance. He later named the island Galvez in honor of Bernardo de Galvez,
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Spain’s Viceroy to Mexico.
Erected by The County of Galveston.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1528.
Location. 29° 18.194′ N, 94° 47.401′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from Moody Avenue near Winnie Street. This marker is directly in front of the Galveston County Courthouse. There is a circle of similar plaques in this location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 722 Moody Ave, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Campbell Childress (here, next to this marker); Texas Bar Association (a few steps from this marker); [Galveston County] Early History (a few steps from this marker); Dignified Resignation (a few steps from this marker); The Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Martin Kirwin (a few steps from this marker); Texas Revolution and Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Rabbi Henry Cohen (a few steps from this marker); Galveston County Communities (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
Galveston County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. Galveston County Courthouse
This is the Galveston County Courthouse. This and several other markers are located on the circular path you can see around the statue about 200 feet ahead.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 602 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on December 25, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 2, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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