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Fishing We’re betting the fish will be biting as the Texas Gulf Coast plays host to a number of sportfishing tournaments in July.

Published in EVENTS

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Inside Dirty Al’s at Pelican Station in Port Isabel, I have a front-row seat for watching the Laguna Madre: A tugboat pushes barges on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Black Dragon pirate ship and dolphin-watch boats crisscross the bay, and cormorants float semi-submerged beyond the patio.

Published in FOOD & DRINK

The last battle of the Civil War took place near Brownsville at Palmito Ranch, which is now a National Historic Landmark. (Photos by Eric Schlegel)

The bloody American conflict didn’t reduce demand for southern cotton at textile mills in places like England, France, and even New England. In return, the Confederacy’s cotton exports financed its war effort, supplying Rebel armies with imported guns, ammunition, swords, uniforms, and accouterments far beyond what limited Southern industry could produce. To squelch the trade, and hopefully shorten the war, the Union established blockades along the Gulf Coast, pushing foreign ships to seek ports free of interference. They found them at Texas’ southernmost tip—the destination of southbound wagons on the “cotton road.”

Published in History

Nobody has ever dug up the hidden treasure that Jean Lafitte and his pirate pals supposedly buried somewhere on the Texas Gulf Coast. But who needs it? The Gulf has plenty of treasures that don’t require digging.

Published in TRAVEL
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