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Border Sanctuary
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The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge lies on the northern bank of the Rio Grande in South Texas, about seventy miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico. How 2,000 acres of rare subtropical riparian forest came to be preserved in a region otherwise dramatically altered by human habitation is the story M.J. Morgan has uncovered.
The story she tells begins and ends with the efforts of the Rio Grande Nature Club to protect one of the last remaining stopovers for birds migrating north from Central and South America. In between, she reconstructs a hundred-year history of the original “two square leagues” of the Santa Ana land grant and of the Mexican and Tejano families who lived, worked, transformed, and ultimately helped save this forest on the river’s edge. 
As border issues continue to present serious challenges for Texas and the nation, it is especially important to be reminded of the deep connection between the region’s human and natural history from the long perspective Morgan provides here.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Andrew Sansom
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. The Land of Santa Ana: Solving Mysteries
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Saving the Santa Ana Forest
  2. pp. 13-29
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  1. 2. The Original Landscape of Santa Ana
  2. pp. 30-43
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  1. 3. First Changers: Hunters, Grazers, and Browsers
  2. pp. 44-58
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  1. 4. The Early Leal Years: People of the River
  2. pp. 59-82
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  1. 5. The World Outside Comes to Santa Ana
  2. pp. 83-109
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  1. 6. Water, and Goats on Santa Ana: The Guzmán Dream
  2. pp. 110-135
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  1. 7. Land Redefined
  2. pp. 136-158
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 159-186
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 187-216
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  1. Image Plates
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  1. Other Works in the Series, Back Cover
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