Texas Gulf Coast Stories

Author: C. Herndon Williams
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1614232466
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The middle Texas coast, known locally as the Coast Bend, is an area filled with fascinating stories. From as early as the days of de Vaca and La Salle, the Coastal Bend has been a site of early exploration, bloody conflicts, legendary shipwrecks and even a buried treasure or two. However, much of the true history has remained unknown, misunderstood and even hidden. For years, local historian C. Herndon Williams has shared his fascinating discoveries of the area's early stories through his weekly column, "Coastal Bend Chronicle." Now he has selected some of his favorites in Texas Gulf Coast Stories. Join Williams as he explores the days of early settlement and European contact, Karankawa and Tonkawa legends and the Coastal Bend's tallest of tall tales.

The Chronicles of the Old West 4 Historical Books Exploring the Wild Past of the American West Illustrated

Author: Emerson Hough
Publisher: e-artnow
ISBN: 8026873998
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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“The Way to the West” tells the story of the opening of the west, including the accounts of three early Americans Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and Kit Carson. “The Story of the Cowboy” is a historical book about the cowboy in the American West close to the end of 19th century. “The Story of the Outlaw” is a study of the western desperado, with historical narratives of famous outlaws, the stories of noted border wars, vigilante movements, and armed conflicts on the frontier, including the profiles of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. “The Passing of the Frontier” explains the part of the frontier in history and what Lewis and Clark came up against when they passed it on their great expedition across the continent. Emerson Hough (1857–1923) was an American author best known for writing western stories, adventure tales and historical novels. His best known works include western novels The Mississippi Bubble and The Covered Wagon, The Young Alaskans series of adventure novels, and historical works The Way to the West and The Story of the Cowboy.

The Creole Princess Gulf Coast Chronicles Book 2

Author: Beth White
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 1441221182
Format: PDF, Kindle
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All along the eastern seaboard, the American struggle for independence rages. In the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is quieter--though no less deadly. The lovely Frenchwoman Lyse Lanier is best friends with the daughter of the British commander. Rafael Gonzalez is a charming young Spanish merchant with a secret mission and a shipment of gold to support General Washington. As their paths cross and their destinies become increasingly tangled, Lyse and Rafael must decide where their true loyalties lie--and somehow keep Lyse's family from being executed as traitors to the British Crown. With spectacular detail that brings the Colonial South alive, Beth White invites readers into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known side of the American Revolutionary War. Her richly textured settings and characters delight while fast pacing and closely held secrets will keep readers turning the pages.

Moon Houston the Texas Gulf Coast

Author: Andy Rhodes
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1612386342
Format: PDF, ePub
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Texas resident Andy Rhodes knows the best ways to experience Space City and the surrounding areas, from catching a performance at The Orange Show Monument to hiking through one of the Piney Woods National Forests. Rhodes includes unique trip ideas like Texas Family Road Trip and Houston's Huge History, as well as information on dining, transportation, and accommodations for a wide range of travel budgets. Complete with details on everything from visiting the NASA Space Center to catching some sun in Corpus Christi, Moon Houston & the Texas Gulf Coast gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

San Antonio Man Tells Tall Tale

Author: John T. Saunders, Jr.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0761866310
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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San Antonio Man Tells Tall Tale is a memoir of a south Texas boy coming of age in the second half of the twentieth century. Each tale more thrilling than the last, the book chronicles a lifetime of hunting, fishing, and traveling throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, the Rocky Mountains, and South America. These powerful and often humorous stories of chasing white tail deer, avoiding snakes, fishing for blue marlin, and even courting his wife are based on the author’s experiences in the great outdoors with close friends and family. Colorful illustrations by San Antonio artists Clay McGaughy and Pat Safir bring the stories to life. In the end, the reader will find that these are not tall tales at all, but the real life experiences of a lucky kid growing up in South Texas. Filled with humorous twists and turns, this book makes for a fun read for anyone.

A Hundred Years of Texas Waterfowl Hunting

Author: R. K. Sawyer
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1603447636
Format: PDF, ePub
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The days are gone when seemingly limitless numbers of canvasbacks, mallards, and Canada geese filled the skies above the Texas coast. Gone too are the days when, in a single morning, hunters often harvested ducks, shorebirds, and other waterfowl by the hundreds. The hundred-year period from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries brought momentous changes in attitudes and game laws: changes initially prompted by sportsmen who witnessed the disappearance of both the birds and their spectacular habitat. These changes forever affected the state’s storied hunting culture. Yet, as R. K. Sawyer discovered, the rich lore and reminiscences of the era’s hunters and guides who plied the marshy haunts from Beaumont to Brownsville, though fading, remain a colorful and essential part of the Texas outdoor heritage. Gleaned from interviews with sportsmen and guides of decades past as well as meticulous research in news archives, Sawyer’s vivid documentation of Texas’ deep-rooted waterfowl hunting tradition is accompanied by a superb collection of historical and modern photographs. He showcases the hunting clubs, the decoys, the duck and goose calls, the equipment, and the unique hunting practices of the period. By preserving this account of a way of life and a coastal environment that have both mostly vanished, A Hundred Years of Texas Waterfowl Hunting also pays tribute to the efforts of all those who fought to ensure that Texas’ waterfowl legacy would endure. This book will aid their efforts, along with those of coastal residents, birders, wildlife biologists, conservationists, and all who are interested in the state’s natural history and in championing the preservation of waterfowl and wetland resources for the benefit of future generations.

La Salle in Texas

Author: Pam Wheat-Stranahan
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 1585446092
Format: PDF, Docs
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The excavation of the shipwreck La Belle grabbed public attention in Texas, across the nation, and overseas. Especially enthralled with the discoveries from the ship were schoolchildren. Pam Wheat-Stranahan, named by the Texas Historical Commission to head the educational efforts associated with the excavation’s traveling exhibit, continued her work on this project after leaving the THC. Now, her teacher’s guide, which includes a DVD of acclaimed documentary director Alan Govenar’s films The Shipwreck of La Belle and Dreams of Conquest (about Fort St. Louis and Presidio La Bahia), is available for use in an exploration and discovery unit. Ideal for grades 4–8, the teacher’s guide and films are designed for use with the book From a Watery Grave. Wheat-Stranahan has incorporated the standards for national social studies and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The resulting guide is user-friendly for teachers and provides interactive learning opportunities for students not just about Texas history but also concerning the age of discovery and the precursors to the American nation.

Crisis in the Southwest

Author: Richard Bruce Winders
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742575640
Format: PDF, ePub
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The war between the United States and Mexico was decades in the making. Although Texas was an independent republic from 1836 to 1845, Texans retained an affiliation with the United States that virtually assured annexation at some point. Mexico's reluctance to give up Texas put it on a collision course with the United States. The Mexican War receives scant treatment in books. Most historians approach the conflict as if it were a mere prelude to the Civil War. The Mexican cession of 1848, however, rivaled the Louisiana Purchase in importance for the sheer amount of territory acquired by the United States. The dispute over slavery-which had been rendered largely academic by the Missouri Compromise-burst forth anew as Americans now faced the realization that they must make a decision over the institution's future. The political battle over the status of slavery in these new territories was the direct cause of the Crisis of 1850 and ignited sectional differences in the decade that followed. In Crisis in the Southwest: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle over Texas, Richard Bruce Winders provides a concise, accessible overview of the Mexican War and argues that the Mexican War led directly to the Civil War by creating a political and societal crisis that drove a wedge between the North and the South. While on the surface the enemy was Mexico, in reality Americans were at odds with one another over the future of the nation, as the issue of annexation threatened to upset the balance between free and slave states. Winders also explains the military connections between the Mexican War and Civil War, since virtually every important commander in the Civil War-including Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Grant, McClellan, and Longstreet-gained his introduction to combat in Mexico. These connections are enormously significant to the way in which these generals waged war, since it was in the Mexican War that they learned their trade. Crisis in the Southwest provides readers with a clear understanding of the Mexican War and its relationship to the chain of events that ultimately led to the Civil War.