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prairie extends westward of this line along the margin
of the Red River.
The country rises in gentle and beautiful undulations
above the alluvial region of the Brazos, Colorado,
and Guadalupe, extending in a north-westerly
direction up those rivers, from 150 to 200 miles,
as far as the hilly district. Here is a delightful
variety of fertile prairie and valuable woodland,
enriched with springs, and rivulets of pure and
sparkling water, which, like the larger streams, are
invariably bordered by wooded " bottoms." The
undulations often swell at lengthened intervals into
eminences of soft acclivity, from the summits of
which the eye may repose on some of the fairest
scenes in nature.
The rolling lands between the Guadalupe and
Nueces sweep towards the north-west, with an
elevation gradually increasing, until they terminate
in the high land range, at a distance of about 200
miles from the level region of the coast. Timber
and water are not so abundant in this section
as in the country lying further east, but it affords
excellent pasturage, and is peculiarly adapted to the
raising of all kinds of stock.
THE MOUNTAINOUS REGION forms part of the
Sierra Madre, that great chain which, broken at the
junction of the rivers Puerco and Rio Grande, and
taking a north-easterly course, enters Texas Proper,
at the sources of the river Nueces. Continuing
thence, in the same direction, to the head waters of
the San Saba, a tributary of the Colorado, and
inclining eastward down the San Saba, it crosses
the Colorado, and is finally lost in the woodlands of
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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/m1/68/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .