A Brief History of Galveston Island

Most people seem to have at least a little pride in the place where they come from, which just makes sense. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to our origins. Here at the Stella Mare RV Resort, the history of Galveston Island helps us enjoy our city even more. With that in mind, we thought we’d share some of this history.

Early History of Galveston

Galveston Island is a sand-barrier island off the coast of Texas. It is twenty-seven miles long while less than three miles wide. The island started out as a marsh cut with bayous and was originally inhabited, periodically at least, by the Karankawa Indians. When the Spanish explored the area, they claimed it all for Spain.

The bay would get its name for the viceroy of Mexico, Bernardo de Galvez. Europeans wouldn’t occupy it until 1816, when Louis Michel Aury took control. He abandoned it to Jean Laffite who controlled it until 1820. In 1825, Stephen F. Austin petitioned the Mexican government to use it as a port. However, the island remained unoccupied until a Mexican customhouse was established in 1830.

Later History

The Island of Galveston gradually grew in importance while being led by the Galveston City Company. The city thrived as a major port until the Galveston hurricane of 1900. Since then, Galveston slowly diminished in importance as a port of call and became as well known as an amazing beach destination and animal preserve.

About Stella Mare RV Resort

The Stella Mare RV Resort, in Galveston, is a beautiful resort located across from Galveston Beach. We are a fabulous way to start your Gulf Coast vacation! You can find out more about the great amenities and save your spot with us today at stellamarervresort.com.