Texas Folklore Society Extra Book
Features: 22 b&w illus. 1 map. Notes. Bib. Index.
Louisiana’s Neutral Strip, an area of pine forests, squats between the
Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers on the border of East Texas. Early in its
history, the region developed a reputation as a harsh frontier where
grit and tenacity became indispensable tools of survival. During the
Louisiana Purchase, bureaucrats from both Spain and the United States
squabbled over the exact boundary line between the two rival powers.
Both governments removed militia from the contested land to avoid war.
Intensifying its reputation, the region served as an official buffer
zone. Without the security of a military presence, residents quickly
realized they would need to protect and govern themselves. Soon,
tight-knit communities formed, and residents developed a reliance on
self, kin, and neighbor. more... about Always for the Underdog: Leather Britches Smith and the Grabow War