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Gulf Coast Region

Texas's Gulf Coast stretches for hundreds of miles, from the Louisiana border to Brownsville on the Rio Grande and inland about 60 miles. There are many small towns along the gulf coast, but mainly a tourist venue exists along the beach areas that are inhabitable along the coast. Galveston Island, was first settled by Jao de la Porta, along with his brother Morin in 1816.  Joa de la Porta was born in Portugal of Jewish parentage and later became a Jewish Texan trader. In 1818, Jean Laffite appointed Jao supercargo for the Karankawa Indian trade. When Laffite left Galveston Island in 1820, Jao became a full-time trader. 

On September 8, 1900, the greatest natural disaster to ever strike the United States occurred at Galveston, Texas. In the early evening hours of September 8, the Galveston hurricane of 1900 came ashore, bringing with it a great storm surge that inundated most of Galveston Island and the city of Galveston.



As a result, much of the city was destroyed and at least 6,000 people were killed in a few hours time.

 Gulf Coast Region

Gulf Coast region map

GULF COAST COUNTIES

Aransas 

Kenedy

Brazoria

Kleberg

Calhoun

Matagorda

Cameron

Nueces

Chambers

Orange

Fort Bend

Refugio

Galveston

San Patricio

Harris 

Victoria

Jackson

Waller

Jefferson

Wharton

 

Willacy

 

Don't forget to visit the other regions of Texas Genealogy Trails:
 

1. PANHANDLE

1A. PANHANDLE PLAINS

2. BIG BEND COUNTRY

3. HILL COUNTRY

4. PRAIRIES AND LAKES

5. PINEY WOODS

6. SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS

7. GULF COAST 


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