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PALACIOS POINT. Palacios Point is a sea-level cape (at 28°35' N, 96°14' W) on Tres Palacios and Matagorda bays south of Oyster Lake and eight miles south of Palacios in southwestern Matagorda County. The cape is near the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway where it cuts south of Half Moon Reef, an oyster reef where a lighthouse was built in 1858. The name of the point was probably derived from that of José Felix Trespalacios, after whom Tres Palacios Bay was also likely named. The sandy loam soils on the point support grasses. Henri Joutel's description of René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle's 1685 investigation of the Texas coast suggests to some scholars that the exploration party may have made one of its landings some five miles east of Palacios Point. Later several attempts were made to establish settlements at the point, including the communities of Palacios Point in 1838 and Portsmouth around 1900.


Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., 1986–88).


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"PALACIOS POINT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.