Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 67 of 432
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A rich and magnificent prairie, uninterrupted
save by clumps and skirts of timber on the streams,
extends on both sides of the Colorado, from Caney
Creek to the Navidad River. Advancing west of
the Navidad, the soil is a light sandy prairie, sloping
towards the north and west, and, to the south and
south-east, a continuous level. The shores of
Matagorda, Aransaso, Espiritu Santo, and Nueces
Bays, are higher than the margins of the bays lying
farther eastward, and the rivers which there discharge
their waters into the gulf invite the stranger
in search of a fertile settlement to journey inland,
where he is certain to obtain the fulfilment of his
hopes and wishes.
The prevailing character of the soil of the level
region of Texas is a rich alluvion-singularly free
from those accumulations of stagnant water, which,
combined with a burning sun and exuberant vegetation,
render a large proportion of the southern
parts of the United States little better than a sickly
desert. The porous character of the soil, the gradual
elevation of the level lands towards the interior, and
the general rise of the banks from the beds of the
streams, preclude the formation of swamps to any
THE ROLLING, or UNDULATING, REGION forms the
largest of the natural divisions of Texas. North
and north-west of the level section lying between the
Sabine and San Jacinto rivers, the country undulates
towards the Red River. The thickly timbered
lands extend quite to the Red River, and as far to the
west as a line drawn due north, from the heads of the
Sabine. A wide belt of rolling and thinly wooded
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Kennedy, William. Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1, book, January 1, 1841; London. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth2389/m1/67/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .