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Bernard examines this famous waterway of the Bayou country. The author delves into the geological formation of the bayou as well as the Mississippi and Red Rivers. Bernard also exams the prehistoric Native American occupation and that of the French, Spanish, and Anglo-American pioneers. The economy of the area is reviewed from sugar, including sugar mills, and riverboats. The author reviewed how the Civil War effected the area as well as the postbellum era of misery. The author covers the environmental problems of the Bayou with pollutants, garbage and invasive species.
In the second part of the book, Bernard describes his canoe journey down the 125-mile course of the Teche. The book is well written and meticulously researched. The author successfully covers a broad range of topics from the history, inhabitants, geology, agriculture, transportation and environment. I learned a great deal from this book in a most enjoyable fashion. The book makes me want to take my own canoe trip of the Teche.
The book is six and a half hours long. Toby Sheets does a good job narrating the book. Sheets is a voice-over artist. This is the first time I have heard him narrate a book.
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