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the Upper Brazos, between the river of which name
and the Sabine the country is rolling or level.
Spurs of' this mountain range project soutliwardly
down the rivers Medina and Guadalupe, to the vicinity
of San Antonio de Bexar. Other spurs branch
down the rivers Llano and Piedernales and the
smaller western tributaries of the Colorado, and
similar spurs extend to the Colorado above San Saba
for a considerable distance, rounding the head waters
of the San Anidres and Bosque rivers, which flow
into the Brazos.
The mountains are of third and fourth magnitude
in point of elevation: those of San Saba are
deemed the highest. They are clothed with forests
of pine, oak, cedar, and other trees, with a great
variety of shrubbery. Extensive valleys of alluvial
soil wind throughout the range; most of them susceptible
of irrigation and profitable culture. The
sides of the mountains themselves, with not a few
of their summits, are adapted to agriculture. Copious
and limpid springs abound in the high lands,
fertilising the soil and formingu innumerable rivulets
whichl, gliding with a rapid current, unite their
waters, until they swell into large and bounteous
rivers, that scatter plenty over the central and western
districts of the Brazos and Bexar. Of the table
lands beyond the mountains, which are said to be
healthy and fertile, little is known, and still less of
the northern region, extending to the 42 of north
Edwards in his history of Texas, calculates that
east of the Trinity river one-third of the land is fit
for the plough, between the Trinity and Colorado
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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/m1/69/: accessed December 11, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .