England and France weren’t the only world powers snapping up tracts of vast North American land in the late 17th century. Spain, too, laid claim to real estate along the fertile and flourishing banks of the San Antonio River in what is now South Texas.
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An offhand comment from a park visitor unveiled the untold story of a secret Virginia facility where clever interrogation techniques and good old-fashioned eavesdropping helped secure victory in World War II. Now the Park Service is racing to unearth all the details before the last remaining witnesses vanish.
Its Brightest Jewel
From out of the darkness over Duncan Bay, a loon calls, a low sound shaped like the moon rising. It is early, a string of stars still tangled in the branches along the horizon, but out beyond the Narrows, to the east, the sky has turned the color of campfire coals. I lift the paddle once, sliding it silently through the dark water to turn the canoe toward the coming sunrise, and then drift, listening again for the loon.