Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed Page: 59 of 119
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its honors south of the Puerco, with its steril mouiltain barriers to-the
south and west, presents the only strong natural boundary between the
United States and Mexico.
In connexion with the mountainous desert, it forms the first class of military
obstacles.* It extends 1,200 miles to the north, in the region of perpetual
snow, and to within about 100 miles of the Soutl or Fremont's
pass, and rolls down with swiftness a vast volume of turbid waters.
The waters increase in April, and are at the highest in May.
Those of importance are noted on the map, and the depths- over the bars
given from Commodore Moore's survey.
The depth of Brazos Santiago is taken from Folsom's Mexico. If this is;
reported truly, it may be turned to account in overcoming the obstacles to
the entrance of the Rio del Norte, which is only four feet deep, over a
shifting sand bar.
t A silver mine has been worked near the mouth of the San Saba river,
but the jealousy of the Camanches has prevented any recent attempts to
carry on permament operations. There are also others in the same range
The country is destitute of timber, except on the banks of the rivers,
which are skirted with a growth of timber from one mile to ten deep. t In
these places, live oak, white oak, red, black, and Spanish oak, flourish in
great luxuriance; also, ash, cypress, cedar, cotton tree, China tree, cherry,.
elm, gum, hickory, llu aIarJ
t Humboldt, Pike, Folsom.
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United States. Congress. Senate. Proceedings of the Senate and Documents Relative to Texas, from which the Injunction of Secrecy Has Been Removed, book, 1844; [Washington]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2363/m1/59/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .