By Marc Reisner
Newly up to date, this well timed historical past of the fight to find and keep an eye on water within the American West is a story of rivers diverted and damned, political corruption and intrigue, billion-dollar battles over water rights, and monetary and ecological catastrophe. Winner of the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award.
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His men released several hundred pigs that they had shepherded across the continent (which became, according to legend, the Arkansas razorback hogs of today) and journeyed south to the Gulf and Spanish settlements in Mexico. They did attempt to take their horses, loading them on a raft roped to their own canoes, but they recorded that Indians cut the raft loose and slaughtered the horses. Even assuming that an animal of each sex escaped from the Spanish expeditions, there is a problem of distance.
Their dwellings are large and spacious, and are divided into apartments by broad planks. Nothing is left lying about, all their belongings being kept in large bags hung from posts. Their beds are made like tombs, surrounded by hides. Everyone sleeps naked, both men and women. The men go completely naked all the time, except for a buffalo robe covering. 5 All the women have this kind of covering even when they wear a skirt, so that they are never embarrassed or keep their legs closed when they sit down, as all other Indian women do.
In addition to powder, ball, and tobacco, Vérendrye issued to each Frenchman a pair of souliers, leather boots that he had apparently brought from Montreal. While paddling canoes, French traders had adopted the soft deerskin moccasins worn by the Indians of the Great Lakes because anything more sturdy was apt to punch a hole in a fragile birchbark canoe. In bringing a supply of boots, Vérendrye had clearly anticipated a long overland excursion. The expedition departed Fort La Reine (Queen’s Fort) on October 18 and began a trek southwestward across a never-ending sea of grass.
Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (Revised Edition) by Marc Reisner