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Big Bends Ancient and Modern Past Bruce A. Glasrud

Big Bends Ancient and Modern Past

Bruce A. Glasrud

Published April 24th 2014
ISBN : 9781299938717
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346 pages
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The Big Bend region of Texas--variously referred to as El Despoblado (the uninhabited land), a land of contrasts, Texas last frontier, or simply as part of the Trans-Pecos--enjoys a long, colorful, and eventful history, a history that beganMoreThe Big Bend region of Texas--variously referred to as El Despoblado (the uninhabited land), a land of contrasts, Texas last frontier, or simply as part of the Trans-Pecos--enjoys a long, colorful, and eventful history, a history that began before written records were maintained.With Big Bends Ancient and Modern Past, editors Bruce A. Glasrud and Robert J. Mallouf provide a helpful compilation of articles originally published in the Journal of Big Bend Studies, reviewing the unique past of the Big Bend area from the earliest habitation to 1900.Scholars of the region investigate not only the peoples who have successively inhabited it but also the nature of the environment and the responses to that environment. As the studies in this book demonstrate, the character of the region has, to a great extent, dictated its history.The study of Big Bend history is also the study of borderlands history. Studying and researching across borders or boundaries, whether national, state, or regional, requires a focus on the factors that often both unite and divide the inhabitants. The dual nature of citizenship, of land holding, of legal procedures and remedies, of education, and of history permeate the lives and livelihoods of past and present residents of the Big Bend.