By James J. Cozine Jr.
The massive Thicket of East Texas, which at one time coated over million acres, served as a barrier to civilizations all through so much of ancient occasions. by means of the overdue 19th century, notwithstanding, an attack in this desolate tract by means of settlers, railroads, and trees businesses all started in earnest. by way of the Nineteen Twenties, a lot of the desolate tract have been destroyed. Spurred on via the continuing destruction of the area, the large Thicket organization (BTA) prepared in 1964 to struggle for its maintenance. Arguing that the massive Thicket was once a distinct botanical quarter, the BTA and their supporters confident President Gerald Ford to authorize an 84,550-acre mammoth Thicket nationwide shield in 1974.
Saving the massive Thicket is a vintage account of the region's heritage and a play-by-play narrative of the lengthy struggle for the massive Thicket defend. it's a in actual fact written case research of the clash among economics and protection, proposing both sides with objectivity and equity. initially written by way of Cozine in 1976, it's been up to date with a brand new afterword by means of Pete A. Y. Gunter.
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Extra resources for Saving the Big Thicket: From Exploration to Preservation, 1685-2003
However, the trustees maintained that the company, by virtue of establishing colonists in Texas, was entitled to receive bonus land amounting to 500,000 acres. 27 Even if Burnet had desired to further the aims of the company, he was powerless to act. In June 1837, the Republic of Texas declared that all empresario contracts had ceased to exist on March 2, 1836: the date of Texas’ Declaration of Independence. The company, through one of its agents, waged a short court fight to salvage some of their former land.
31 CHAPTER IV The Anglo Assault T he Big Thicket had survived the assaults of the Indians, French, and Spanish with relative impunity. However, beginning in the 1820s the Texas wilderness was subjected to the onslaught of a more vigorous civilization. Land-hungry Americans, at the invitation of the Mexican government, swarmed into Texas by the thousands. At first these early Anglo settlers avoided the heavily wooded Big Thicket in favor of more open land. However, in later years they began nibbling at the Thicket’s flanks.
4 Both sea and land expeditions were dispatched to discover and destroy the French intruders, but the colony could not be located. Six expeditions searched for the colony between 1686 and 1689, but to no avail. One of the sea expeditions found the wreckage of La Salle’s ship, but no colonists were sighted. Since they had been unable to find the settlement, the Spanish began to doubt its existence. Perhaps, they mused, it was noth22 The Spanish Assault ing more than a manifestation of Thomas’ imagination.
Saving the Big Thicket: From Exploration to Preservation, 1685-2003 by James J. Cozine Jr.