Photographer and artist Joey Quiroga explores the beauty of the upper Texas coast
The Galveston area was a main port for pirates in the late 1800s through the early 1900s. And those pirates left a lasting impression on the island.
“The Gulf Coast area was a rich source of conflict during the late 18th and early 19th centuries,” according to Mitchell Historic Properties, which oversees 14 historic buildings, two parks and the Pier 21 complex – all in Galveston’s downtown area.
“This led to many pirates and privateers, from many different countries, running raids along the coast,” according to Mitchell Historic Properties. “Conflict between privateers and naval forces occurred as late as the conflict between Mexico and the Republic of Texas in 1935 and 1936.”
At least 20 known shipwrecks are in the waters along the coast. It’s believed that hundreds of ships were lost along the Gulf Coast because of pirating activities, according to historians.