By Robert Lee Maril
Robert Lee Maril, a professor at Texas Southmost collage, has lately written a ebook that explores the Texas coast and the various those that name it domestic contemplating the numerous methods Texans have altered those lands. In Cannibals and Condos: Texans and Texas alongside the Gulf Coast Maril talks with wealthy, terrible, and in among to teach how today’s judgements will have an effect on destiny lives.
For eons the Texas Gulf Coast stretched undisturbed for almost 400 miles of quiet wetlands and lengthy shores. The Karankawa Indians, frequently maligned as cannibals, as soon as lived there in concord with land and sea. this day the coast is swiftly being changed—being pressured to renounce its restricted assets. At super financial probability, condominiums and entire groups are being equipped there on transferring sands that supply little to aid the calls for of huge, everlasting populations.
Maril’s e-book is a private exploration of that sea coast as obvious throughout the eyes of a pro researcher, visitor, and resident of the Texas Coast. He describes the region’s distinctive good looks and its charm should you are looking to break out crowded towns and chillier climes. In exploring the coast, its humans, and its social myths, Maril bargains modest suggestions to its difficulties: oil spills and poisonous pollutants, hurricanes, the displacement of these who make their residing from the ocean, and, most significantly, the destruction of the land itself within the identify of development.
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We were ready for the storm, Andrea (pregnant with Travis), our foster-daughter Belinda, our old dog, and I. But no storm arrived. We waited. Hurricane Allen, billed for two weeks in the national media as the largest Gulf storm of the century, decided not to visit Brownsville that particular Friday night in early August. Instead, he stood one hundred fifty miles off the coast, indecisive, fierce, already famous. I had started boarding up the house around 10:30 that morning. Gathering up all the scraps I could find in the garage, I had grabbed my hammer and a two-pound bag of nails.
The rains came and went, each < previous page page_21 next page > < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 time returning stronger than the time before. By late Saturday afternoon they were blowing almost horizontally down the street. We wedged towels around the front door to soak up the water being forced through the cracks. We waited. Periodically I shook on my white shrimper boots and, with shovel and hammer in hand, took a tour outside. I dug little trenches in the ground to ease the flooding, especially in our backyard and driveway, and hammered an occasional board.
They threw a line, composed of pieces we had on board and what they could scrape together, to the Hobie, and Don attached it to the hull. Then the man at the helm gunned his tiny engine. The motor smoked, the water churned, the skiff moved an inch. He gave it more gas. At one point I thought the stern of his small boat was simply going to be ripped apart trying to move the immovable Hobie. Ten seconds later Don and Bill gave a shout, the Hobie popped out of the mud with a loud smacking sound, and they scrambled on board.
Cannibals and Condos: Texans and Texas along the Gulf Coast (Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities) by Robert Lee Maril