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Sixteenth-century Spanish explorers knew Galveston Island as Isla de Malhado, the "Isle of Misfortune," or Isla de Culebras, the "Isle of Snakes." In 1519, Juan de Grijalva discovered the island. Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, accompanying the Narváez expedition in 1528, was shipwrecked on what may have been Galveston Island, and is credited with naming the island Malhado. In 1685 French explorer René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, challenged Spanish control in the area and may have named the island San Louis for Louis XIV of France, but did not establish settlements. Eighteenth-century Dutch buccaneers may also have visited, but these explorers, like later revolutionaries and privateers, left little evidence of their passage. In 1783 José Antonio de Evia, a Spanish navigator, surveyed the channel and named the bay Galvezton for Viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez, who befriended the United States in the Revolutionary War. Jean Laffite, who was appointed governor of Galveston Island by the Republic of Mexico, established a community at the site of the present Sealy Hospital in Galveston; he named it Campeche after a town on the Yucatán coast. The fort he constructed in 1817 lasted only a year before it was destroyed by a storm, but by 1819 "Campeachy," in Anglo settlers' orthography, had a population of between 1,000 and 2,000. The island maintained its designation under the Spanish as San Luis for a time, but had become known as Galveston Island by 1820. During the revolution, Texans fortified Galveston and the Texas Navy berthed in its port. The ad interim government under David G. Burnet took refuge on Galveston Island in April, 1836, and made Galveston the temporary capital of the new republic. Galveston County was formed in 1838 under the republic from Harrisburg, Liberty, and Brazoria counties and organized in 1839. The first county courthouse, at Saccarappa, a community named for a river in Maine by settlers from that state, was located at the eastern end of Galveston Island. -Handbook of Texas Online

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This list contains or will contain all post offices known from Texas. Noted also are whether recent offices have had at least one precancel type, as listed in the Precancel Stamp Society's Town and Type Catalog of the United States and Territories, Sixth edition, Summer 1998, and from Fosters' personal knowledge. A link is provided to detailed precancel data for that location. The precancel device(s) may or may not still exist. An * indicates a discontinued post office or name change. Pester the active post offices so that devices can be retained or ordered. They may be found many times, but only have to be thrown away once. Precancel devices are not usually issued to branches, stations or contract post offices. Please see plans page for color legend.



Post OfficeZip / *Establishedfirst precancels AuthorizedDiscontinuedNotes
BACLIFF77518 yesoperating 
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DICKINSON77539 yesoperating 
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FRIENDSWOOD77546 yesoperatingcity in Galveston-Harris Counties, post office in Galveston County, Main Office, 310 Morningside Dr, M-F 8-5 Sat 9-1, 281-992-2832
FRIENDSWOOD77549    
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GALVESTON77550 yesoperating 
GALVESTON77551    
GALVESTON77552    
GALVESTON77553    
GALVESTON77554    
GALVESTON77555    
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GILCHRIST77617 noneoperating 
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HIGH ISLAND77623 yesoperating 
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HITCHCOCK77563 yesoperating 
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KEMAH77565 yesoperating 
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LaMARQUE* yes name changed to La Marque
LA MARQUE77568 yesoperatingname changed from LaMarque
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LEAGUE CITY77573 yesoperatingcity in Galveston-Harris Counties, post office in Harris County?
LEAGUE CITY77574    
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Port Bolivar77650 yesoperating 
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Alta Loma* yes1/21/1978:HTOL or 12/31/1982:G&Jincorporated into Santa Fe city limits and changed PO name to Santa Fe
Arcadia77517 *4/14/1891:Schmidt 12/31/1982:G&Jtown absorbed into Santa Fe in 1980s
SANTA FE775101/1/1983yesoperatingname changed from Alta Loma
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SEABROOKcity in Harris-Chambers-Galveston Counties, post office in Harris County
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TEXAS CITY77590 yesoperatingcity in Galveston-Chambers Counties, post office in Galveston County
TEXAS CITY77591    
TEXAS CITY77592    
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