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Since it first appeared in print twenty years ago, Ron C. Tyler's "The Big Bend: ""A"" History of the Last Texas Frontier" has become a classic. Not only does it tell the fascinating social and economic history of the region from the time of the Spanish explorers through its designation as a national park in the 1970s, but it also serves as an interesting background guide to this increasingly popular region.
Tyler covers four centuries of human society in the Big Bend in this award-winning book. Archaeological evidence of Indian inhabitants provides clues to their unwritten history in the Big Bend, but Spanish explorers recognized no living trace of them and simply called the land "el ""despoblado," the uninhabited land.
In the centuries that followed, U.S. Army mapping and surveying teams entered the region. A colorful array of miners, ranchers, and even bandits sought freedom and livelihoods in the remote canyons of this region so deeply involved in the destinies of both Mexico and the United States. A full chapter is devoted to the creation of Big Bend National Park, which was finally dedicated in 1955, thanks in large part to the quiet but unrelenting efforts of a simple cowboy named Everett Ewing Townsend, who wanted to preserve what was left of the Texas wilderness.
Written in engaging narrative prose, "The Big Bend" might be considered the last word on the last Texas frontier. It would also be perfect reading material for a road trip to the most remote corner of the contiguous United States.
Title: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier
Publisher: U.S.A., Texas A&M University Press: 1996
ISBN Number: 0890967067
ISBN Number 13: 9780890967065
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: New
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 122880
Description: New condition. The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier. Ron Tyler PhD (Author). Product Details Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Texas A&M University Press; Reprint edition (March 1, 1996) Language: English ISBN-10: 0890967067 ISBN-13: 978-0890967065 Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
Keywords: The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier