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The Definitive History of the Gulf of Mexico

(Above: The Gulf of Mexico as seen from a beach in Galveston. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) The Gulf of Mexico is big part of life in Greater Houston. It supplies many people their way of life — from shrimping to offshore oil rigs to the Port of Houston. And it even helps define […]

Gulf of Mexico Beach Galveston - MHagerty(Above: The Gulf of Mexico as seen from a beach in Galveston. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

The Gulf Book CoverThe Gulf of Mexico is big part of life in Greater Houston. It supplies many people their way of life — from shrimping to offshore oil rigs to the Port of Houston. And it even helps define a lot of the culture from the region — from jazz and Zydeco music to the sounds of the popular Houston band The Suffers, who describe their sound as “Gulf Coast soul.”

And yet, there hadn’t been a definitive history of the gulf written — until now.

Writer Jack E. Davis chronicles the sweeping history of the Gulf of Mexico — from the sea's formation to where it stands today — in his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

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