By Robert Lee Maril
Robert Lee Maril, a professor at Texas Southmost collage, has lately written a publication that explores the Texas coast and the varied those that name it domestic contemplating the various methods Texans have altered those lands. In Cannibals and Condos: Texans and Texas alongside the Gulf Coast Maril talks with wealthy, negative, and in among to teach how today’s judgements will impact 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. at the present time the coast is speedily being changed—being pressured to renounce its constrained assets. At great monetary danger, condominiums and entire groups are being equipped there on moving sands that supply little to aid the calls for of huge, everlasting populations.
Maril’s publication is a private exploration of that sea coast as obvious during the eyes of a pro researcher, visitor, and resident of the Texas Coast. He describes the region’s designated good looks and its allure when you are looking to break out crowded towns and chillier climes. In exploring the coast, its humans, and its social myths, Maril deals modest recommendations to its difficulties: oil spills and poisonous toxins, hurricanes, the displacement of these who make their dwelling from the ocean, and, most significantly, the destruction of the land itself within the identify of development.
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The wind picked up five knots. Bill and Don were still waving at us like crazy. The third guy, in yellow foul-weather gear, didn't move much. Joe and I got worried. In another half-hour we were within shouting distance, although with the winds at our backs they could hear us long before we them. " Joe tacked immediately, but it was too late. The Blue Water Something smoothly struck bottom. I got out to push us off and slipped into fine silt up to my waist. It felt like sinking into piles of smooth silk.
We lit candles, starting carrying around our flashlights, and for dinner ate cold cuts and fruit around the candlelit dinner table. We began getting the long-distance calls after dinner. It broke up the waiting. First from an old friend in Los Angeles whom we hadn't seen in four years. Then from my father, in Oklahoma. Then my brother in Austin. My wife's parents called from Harlingen, thirty miles up the road. We had no electricity, but the phone lines allowed us to talk to friends and family all over the country.
Mine concerns the time I took my wife out for our first sail together. I hit a piling ten feet from shore and did a gymnastic somersault over the rudder. She was rescued by a fleet of power skiffs whose occupants had witnessed the gruesome affair. Joe and I had both paid our sailing dues. We passed Three Islands, the halfway point, about seventeen miles from where we put in. Three Islands are large banks of silt and sludge dredged up out of the channel. Vegetation has taken hold. The fishermen use them as a stopping-off place to stretch their legs.
Cannibals and Condos: Texans and Texas along the Gulf Coast (Tarleton State University Southwestern Studies in the Humanities) by Robert Lee Maril