By Charles D., Jr. Thompson
"We have been attempting to swap the imaginative and prescient and the dialog approximately border fears."
Border Odyssey takes us on a force towards knowing the U.S./Mexico divide: all 1,969 miles—from Boca Chica to Tijuana—pressing on with the priceless fiction of a map.
"We had to visit where the place numerous blameless humans were kicked, stubborn, spit on, arrested, detained, trafficked, and killed. it should develop into transparent that the border, la frontera, was once extra multifaceted and profound than something lets have invented approximately it from afar."
Along the adventure, 5 centuries of cultural background (indigenous, French, Spanish, Mexican, African American, colonist, and U.S.), wars, and laws spread. and during statement, dialog, and meditation, Border Odyssey scopes the tales of the folks and cities on either sides.
"Stories are the other of partitions: they call for liberate, retelling, exhibiting, connecting, every one picture chipping away at obstacles. partitions are complete stops. yet tales are like commas, regularly making attainable the subsequent clause."
Among the terrain traversed: partitions and extra partitions, unforeseen roadblocks and patrol officials; a golfing direction (you might force a ball around the border); a Civil warfare battlefield (you may well camp there); the southernmost plantation within the usa; a hand-drawn ferry, a road-runner tracked barren region, and a wide ranging nationwide park; barbed twine, bridges, and a trucking-trade thoroughfare; ghosts with weapons; obscured, unmarked, and unpaved roads; a Catholic priest and his canine, paintings, icons, and political cartoons; a sheriff and a chain-smoking mayor; a Tex-Mex eatery empty of shoppers and a B&B shuttering its doorways; murder-laden newspaper headlines at breakfast; the kindness of the border-crossing underground; and too many old, impoverished, ex-U.S. farmworkers, braceros, covered as much as have Thompson take their photograph.
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There would be a change of time zone, climate, and sleeping quarters. We would be on the border by nightfall to stay on a ranch within a stone’s throw of the Rio Grande in an old rustic house with no climate (or crime) control. But there was no going back now. We would head directly to Boca Chica, the easternmost point on the borderline, the “little mouth” of the Rio Grande, where we would begin our travel by road from the Gulf Stream waters to the Pacific Ocean. We would follow the southern border through four states, traveling the official divide between two nations as different from one another as any two juxtaposed on the planet.
Ground. After they could no longer hold on as ranchers, the family moved away, hiring caretakers like Santiago to look after the place. The family still visits when they can, but the crops and livestock were long gone and the last chapter of the ranch’s history of agriculture had all but ended. | | | | There had been fewer than two thousand Mexican rancheros living in the sparse Tejas state when the first English-speaking white squatters started arriving there around 1820. Some settlers came from el ra nchero Recto Runninghe ad southern slaveholding areas to expand their cotton fields.
I also believed backtracking would be anticlimactic. We just wanted to make the trip from east to west and then fly back to North Carolina. I didn’t mention that the car was about to see some real action. Sand. Gulf. Fishing. A road that runs into beach. That didn’t sound bad at all, even if the seasoned former Army nurse had just told us she was getting the hell out of the borderlands as soon as she could. Already two types of flight, one a promising arrival by plane, and the other a grandmother trying to run away from Harlingen to Chicago, and we hadn’t even left the airport.
Border Odyssey: Travels along the U.S./Mexico Divide by Charles D., Jr. Thompson