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one-half, and west of the Colorado one-fourth.
These proportions, though in the main conjectural,
afford a fair estimate of the relative agricultural
capacities of the several districts.
The section of country lying between the Nueces
and Rio Grande has been little explored for settlement.
At the close of 1833, and during the two
subsequent years, emigrants were placed by a New
York Land Company, under an Empresario grant,
at a settlement called Dolores on the Rio Grande.
The report of Mr. Egerton, the company's surveyor,
to which I shall have occasion to refer hereafter,
represents the banks of the Rio Grande as well
adapted to farming; and describes the whole country
between that river and the Medina, as not to
be surpassed for the raising of stock. The land is
flat, and rich in pasturage, but rather deficient in
water, there being no considerable streams between
the Nueces and the Rio Grande.
Such are the general features of Texas, the first
appearance of which is unfavourable, from whatever
point it may be approached. If by sea, a low
sandy beach, backed by wet and level prairies, offers
few inducements to the agricultural settler. If by
the Rio Grande, it wears an aspect of aridity; and
if by Louisiana and Red River, it breaks upon the
observer as a poor upland district, overrun with
wood, with a weak soil of alternate sand and clay.
But, after traversing the borders and advancing towards
the interior, the scene is entirely changed.
Then this singular country exhibits its beauties and
develops its resources. In the rolling and hilly
sections, the grazier and cultivator of the products
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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/m1/70/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .