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14 TEXAS. [BOOK I.
the rolling country of the interior, which stretches
westward and northward to the hilly tract, distant
from 150 to 200 miles from the low, level lands.
The surface of Eastern Texas may be included in
two divisions-the level and the undulating-the hills
being few and of slight elevation. Proceeding along
the course of the mountains and across them, we
reach immense plains, which extend to the confines of
New Mexico and Chihuahua, and away to the north
and north-west, beyond the Red River and Arkansas.
In passing through the low lands from the United
States, the country to the north and west of Lake
Sabine is flat and woody; on the south-west, between
Lake Sabine and Galveston Bay, it is a dull and generally
barren prairie, destitute of trees, except on the
margin of the water-courses. Beyond the north-east
point of Galveston, the landscape improves, and a
large extent of gently-sloping prairie, agreeably
diversified by skirts of timber, spreads across the
woody bottom of the Trinity River, save in the
immediate vicinity of Galveston, where the prairie is
mostly wet and steril. There are some fine rolling
lands on the river San Jacinto and Buffalo Bayou;
from Galveston Bay to the Brazos river, it is one unbroken
plain, rather low and sandy, on the coast, but
relieved, towards the interior, by insulated groves and
timbered streams. From the east side of the broad
"bottom," or alluvion, of the Brazos, to the west side
of Caney Creek, it is, for the most part, woody,
interspersed with large cane-brakes; on the north
side of this section, down the west bank of the
Brazos, the prairie opens as far as a point at the
town of Columbia.
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