For verification of usage, see history of the Mexican-American War, especially regarding the Battle of Resaca de la Palma, fought May 9, 1846, within the city limits of present-day Brownsville, Texas. Resaca de la Palma and Resaca de la Guerra are the two major resacas winding through Brownsville, Texas, but they are not limited to Brownsville. The cities of Los Fresnos (Resaca de los Cuates), Rancho Viejo (Resaca Rancho Viejo), and San Benito, Texas, also have resaca systems. Frontage on these scenic waterways has a large impact on property values, so there are numerous references to resacas in property descriptions. —This unsigned comment was added by Chasham (talk • contribs) at 03:26, 8 March 2007 (UTC).
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- Resaca de la Palma, valley, an abandoned bed of the Rio Grande, N of Brownsville, Tex., where the second battle of the Mexican War was fought, May 9, 1846. Mexican troops under Gen. Mariano Arista, retreating south after the battle of Palo Alto , were defeated by American forces led by Gen. Zachary Taylor. — http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Resacade.html
- Resaca de la Palma State Park, located on the outskirts of Brownsville, Texas. — //http://www.worldbirdingcenter.org/sites/brownsville/
- Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site describes the battle which took place at the Resaca de la Palma site. — http://www.nps.gov/archive/paal/resacadelapalma.htm
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department description of Freshwater and Coastal Water Boundaries: "The following public waters are not considered coastal waters: *** Fort Brown Resaca, Resaca de la Guerra, Resaca de la Palma, Resaca de los Cuates, Resaca de los Fresnos, Resaca Rancho Viejo, and Town Resaca in Cameron County" — http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/fish/coastal_boundary/
- See examples of usage of resaca in Do You Speak American - Track that Word. — http://www.pbs.org/speak/words/trackthatword/ttw/?i=1267
- The City of San Benito, Texas, has adopted the slogan, "The Resaca City." — http://www.cityofsanbenito.com/index.htm
- It seems to me that all of the citations of Resaca de la Palma (and Resaca de la Guerra, Resaca de los Cuates, Resaca de los Fresnos, etc) are (a) a proper noun, and not an example of the usage of the generic noun resaca, and (b) in Spanish, not English, and thus totally irrelevant. Am I mistaken? The only one of the references cited that verifies that this is an English word is the pbs.org one (the San Benito one is iffy), and it gives a somewhat different definition from what we have! -- Beobach972 04:29, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
- If someone wants to track down three of the works cited in the PBS page (or can we use secondary citations like that?), we could probably make this work with the modifed definition. -- Beobach972 04:40, 8 March 2007 (UTC)
- RFVfailed — no citations of usage as a noun or in English were placed in the entry, only citations of parts of Spanish-language proper nouns. English sense removed. — Beobach972 15:56, 5 June 2007 (UTC)
The def at that time was "An oxbow lake; the former river course left when a river changes course. Term commonly used in South Texas, esp. when referring to the former course of the Rio Grande River." In the past 8 years, many citations have become available. - -sche (discuss) 04:14, 18 June 2015 (UTC)