East and northeast Texas was home to the Caddo Indians. This area is called The Piney Woods and extends from East Texas to the Atlantic ocean in the South.
A deep forest of oak, pine and nut trees, like hickory and pecan grow near the rivers and creeks. The Red River and Trinity River cut through this part of Texas.
Unlike some parts of Texas, this area gets a nice amount of rain. The "Hasinais" Caddo were able to take advantage of this fact and farmed, which meant their villages were permanent settlements. One didn't find the large Buffalo herds nearby, so their sustenance had to come from farming.
Our family has a love of history and it often influences where we travel, so it was interesting to learn about the Indian culture that once thrived right here in Texas.
The Caddo people were able to form large 'confederations' since they were farmers. Large groups like this were able to defend themselves from other tribes.
This culture befriended other Indian tribes to the west and the south. Trading flourished in Texas, southeast United States and throughout the Mississippi river valley. They did not get along with the Osage Indians, who lived in the north.
The Jefferson Historical Museum (Jefferson, Texas) has a roomful of artifacts discovered at this area. Spearpoints, arrowheads, pottery and other items are on display and give a glimpse of this old Indian culture.
January 1999 - A lawyer and two of his buddies were fishing on Caddo Lake in Texas. A lightening storm hit the lake and most of the fishermen immediately headed for the shore. But not our friend the lawyer. He was alone on the rear of his aluminum bass boat and his buddies were in the front. This gentleman stood up, spread his arms wide (crucifixion style) and shouted: 'HERE I AM LORD, LET ME HAVE IT!' Needless to say, God delivered (well, wouldn't you?). The other two passengers on the boat survived and are said to have immediately joined the Ministry.