Galveston is a coastal city
located on Galveston Island and Pelican Island in the U.S. state of Texas. The
community of 208.3 square miles (539 km), with its population of
47,762 people (2012 Census estimate), is the county seat and
second-largest municipality of Galveston County. It is located within Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area.
Named after Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez,
Galveston's first European settlements on the island were constructed around