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from time to time subdivided, as need may be.
Such a subdivision will never take place, if all Texas
is to hold slaves, unless the federal Union pay
roundly for it. Why should it ? Why should Texas
subdivide herself, if she be a State of homogeneous
interest, and if by remaining whole she can control
the Union ?
There can be no question that Texas, particularly
the upper country of Texas, is naturally one of the
finest agricultural countries in the world.
" The country," says Iken, " is naturally divided
into three separate regions, which in many respects
differ from each other. The first, a level region, extends
along the coast, with a breadth inland varying
from one hundred miles where greatest, in the centre,
to seventy and thirty miles; being most contracted
towards the south-west extremity. The soil
of this region is a rich alluvium, with scarcely a
stone, yet singularly free from stagnant swamps.
Broad woodlands fringe the banks of the rivers, between
which are extensive pasture lands. The second
division, the largest of the three, is the undulating
or rolling prairie region, which extends for one
hundred and fifty or two hundred miles farther inland,
its wide grassy tracts alternating with others
that are thickly timbered. These last are especially
prevalent in the east, though the bottoms and rivervalleys
throughout the whole region are well wooded.
Limestone and sandstone form the common
substrata of this region; the upper soil consists
of a rich friable loam, mixed indeed with sand, but
seldom to such an extent as to prevent the culture
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Hale, Edward Everett, Sr., 1822-1909. How to Conquer Texas, Before Texas Conquers Us, pamphlet, January 1, 1845; Boston, Massachusetts. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2357/m1/6/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .