Tiger Mountain

Tiger Mountain – maybe it’s just a hill – actually the Martians have called it Van Zandt Hill since the 1840s. Sometime around 1795 the Spanish ambassador charted it in the line of hills dividing the king’s lands from Mexico. Soon Napoleon had the king’s lands, and not long after that, President Jefferson cut a sharp deal and informed Congress by announcing the unexpected debt. Stunned at first, they came around to his position once they checked the map, though its deficiencies and their thirst for facts about the Louisiana Territory prompted Jefferson to commission the Lewis and Clark expedition of discovery. Already the old Spanish boundary had shifted eastward, and the Texans later agreed on a new boundary line with the United States. That’s long past now and infrequently remembered on Tiger Mountain. The Tigers concern themselves more with student life – the full range of it – and though captivated by what is for them now they are drawn by things to come. The past can wait – there’s too much of “A World of Opportunity in a Community of Faith,” and all it promises, to think of much else, whether they actually pause to think about it or not. www.etbu.edu

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