Galveston is a vibrant island on the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States. It shares its border with Mexico on the east and the south. At the time when the Europeans first made their way to America, indigenous people inhabited the island. Seasonal fishing and hunting were the primary sources of subsistence; these remain a part of the Galvestonian culture even today. Before the American Civil War, Galveston was the largest cotton shipping port in the world and the second-largest port for immigration to the United States. During the 1900s, the city suffered a series of massive hurricanes, including the Great Storm of 1900. It remains the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the country, killing thousands and rendering nearly 30,000 people homeless.
Nabarupa Bhattacharjee created the Galveston photo-series under the auspices of the Escapist Mentorship Program initiated by Art Launch and John Ross Palmer. The photographs were exhibited at the Chrysalis Gallery in Houston, Texas.
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- Unless you own a private jet, the easiest way to get to Galveston is to land in Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport. The island is a 45-minute drive from there. Else, fly to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, also in Houston, a 90-minute drive away. An Amtrak (railway) service connects Galveston, Houston and Longview.
- The turquoise beaches in the island are must-visits. Families frequent Stewart Beach, while the Galveston Island State Park is great for nature lovers.
- The Strand Historic District houses some of the most important attractions of Galveston. The Grand 1894 Opera House and the Pier 21 Theater (which even screens a film on the 1900 hurricane, called The Great Storm).
- The Strand is also famous for its popular eateries and fine-dining options such as Rudy & Paco, Saltwater Grill, Number 13 Prime Steak & Seafood, and La King’s Confectionery.
- Probably the best-known part of the island’s sea-wall is the Pleasure Pier. It is full of rollercoasters, fun rides, games