Teche: A History of Louisiana's Most Famous Bayou (America's by Shane K. Bernard

By Shane K. Bernard

Shane okay. Bernard�s Teche examines this mythical waterway of the yankee Deep South. Bernard delves into the bayou�s geologic formation as a vestige of the Mississippi and purple Rivers, its prehistoric local American career, and its colonial payment by way of French, Spanish, and, finally, Anglo-American pioneers. He surveys the arriving of indigo, cotton, and sugar; steam-powered sugar turbines and riverboats; and the brutal establishment of slavery. He additionally examines the influence of the Civil conflict at the Teche, depicting the working battles up and down the bayou and the sporadic gunboat duels, whilst ironclads clashed within the slim confines of the darkish, slow river.

Describing the distress of the postbellum period, Bernard finds how epic floods, yellow fever, racial violence, and common poverty disrupted the lives of these who resided below the sprawling, moss-draped stay oaks lining the Teche�s banks. additional, he chronicles the gradual decline of the bayou, because the coming of the railroad, vehicles, and highways diminished its worth as a way of go back and forth. ultimately, he considers smooth efforts to revamp the Teche utilizing dams, locks, levees, and different water-control measures. He examines the new push to scrub and revitalize the bayou after years of desecration by way of clutter, pollution, and invasive species. Illustrated with old photographs and various maps, this ebook could be required analyzing for an individual looking the colourful heritage of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast.

As an advantage, the second one a part of the booklet describes Bernard�s personal canoe trip down the Teche�s 125-mile direction. this contemporary own account from the sector finds the present nation of the bayou and the impressive those that nonetheless stay alongside its banks.

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