What began as not much more than a trading post in 1825 has grown to over 850 acres
of port facilities today. Established by a proclamation issued by the Congress of Mexico on October 17, 1825, while the land known as Texas still belonged to Mexico, the Port
of Galveston became the oldest port in the Gulf of Mexico west of New Orleans.
Galveston and its port have always been intertwined. Galveston was founded to take advantage of a prime natural location. In reports, Galveston was called the best natural harbor that the colony of Texas had to offer.