Galveston in the Republic of Texas

Galveston in the Republic of Texas (HMO59)

Location: Galveston, TX 77550 Galveston County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 18.199', W 94° 47.426'

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Galveston Island, for centuries a crossroads for Indians, privateers, Spanish and French explorers, for a time was capital of the Republic of Texas. This was during the Texas War for Independence, when Santa Anna was making his 1836 invasion. On March 17, the hastily organized and interim cabinet of President David G. Burnet evacuated Washington-on-the-Brazos, moving to Harrisburg, and then in April to Galveston. Here it remained until after the Texas victory at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

From January 1836 until U. S. annexation in 1846, Galveston was the naval base for the fleet which protected shipping and sought to prevent Mexican invasion of Texas by way of the sea.

By September 1837 the 4 ships of the Texas Navy had all been lost. Not until April 1840 was the navy reorganized under President M. B. Lamar. A former U. S. Naval officer, Edwin W. Moore, was made commodore. Afterward, when Moore became involved in a bitter controversy with President Sam Houston, Houston ordered the Navy to be sold. At the sale, the incensed people of Galveston used forceful means to prevent bidding. The ships at annexation were all transferred to the United States Navy.
HM NumberHMO59
Year Placed1965
Placed ByTexas Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 6:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 326108 N 3242921
Decimal Degrees29.30331667, -94.79043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 18.199', W 94° 47.426'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 18' 11.94" N, 94° 47' 25.56" W
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Area Code(s)409, 281
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2001-2099 Winnie St, Galveston TX 77550, US
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