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Galveston County Texas
GALVESTON COUNTY is a county located within the Houston Sugar Land Baytown metropolitan area, on the plains of the Texas Gulf Coast in the southeasternpart of the state. Its county seat is Galveston.
American presence in Galveston County began in 1815 when Henry Perry and Warren D.C. Hall, former members of the Gutirrez-Magee expedition, landed at Bolivar Point in September with threeships and 200 men. Perry named the point for Simvar, the "Liberator," who commissioned him to attack Spanish commerce on the Gulf and direct expeditions against the Spanish in Mexico. The period from 1815 to 1821, however, was dominated by freebooters, filibusters,and pirates, notably the Frenchmen Louis Michel Aury and Jean Laffite. Aury arrived with thirteen ships on September16, 1816, and established a base on Galveston Island. Galveston County was formed in 1838 under the republicfrom Harrisburg, Liberty, and Brazoria counties and organized in 1839. When Texas joined the Union, Galvestonwas the largest city in Texas, with a population of 3,500. By the eve of the Civil War, however, the county had only nine manufacturing establishments, and Houston had begun to overshadow Galveston as the state's largest port.
In 1900, a great hurricane devastated Galveston.
County Seat: Galveston
CITIES, TOWNS, AND POPULATED PLACES
Bayou Vista * Clear Lake Shores * Dickinson * Friendswood * Galveston * Hitchcock * Jamaica Beach * Kemah
* La Marque* League City * Santa Fe * Texas City
Village: Tiki Island
Bacliff * Bolivar Peninsula * San Leon
* Algoa * Bayview * Crystal Beach * Gilchrist * High Island * Port Bolivar
The Rosenberg Library is the oldest public library in Texas and serves as the headquartersfor the Galveston County Library System. Its librarian also functions as the Galveston County librarian.
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Oct 2016: Military: Vietnam War CasualtiesSept 2016: County Records: 1891 Fugitives from JusticeAug 2016: History: 1900 Hurricane Experience of Frank Boicourt - Submitted by Julian DonahueJun 2016: County Records: 1916 County OfficersApr 2016: Website updated and now all pages are mobile friendlyJan 2016: Military: Korean War CasualtiesSept 2015: 1895 Mortality Schedule - submitted by B Ziegenmeyer; Death News: O'HARA - submitted by Jim Dezotell; WWI Military News: SMITH memoralized by class - submitted by B ZiegenmeyerMay 2015: Bio: KIRKLAND, SHERMAN, WAUL, TALLEFSON, FLY - Transcribed by Susan GeistBios: KANKEL, MORLEY, SCHNEIDER, BOEHL, TILLEBACK, HOLMES, DREW, BUTLER, SCHMIDT, SOUTHWICK - Transcribed by Michele JacksonApr 2015:Marriage News: WARE, COLLIER, WOODALL, HUDSPETH, BAILEY, BARNHILL, WILLIAMSON
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