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General character of the Sea-coast on the Gulf of MexicoThe
Coast of Texas until lately almost unknown to Navigators
-Sand-bars, Islets, and Lagoons- Alluvial Accumulations and
Encroachments of the Land on the Gulf-Sabine Bay and its
Tributaries-Red River of Natchitoches-Galveston Bay and
its Tributaries-San Luis Harbour-Brazos River and its
Tributaries-San Bernard and Old Caney-The Bays of Matagorda,
La Baca, Espiritu Santo, Aransas and Corpus Christi,
with their Tributaries-Laguna del Madre-Rio Grande del
Norte-Fresh Water Lakes and Ponds-Sudden Disappearance
of small Streams - Average Supply of Water - Difference
between the Rivers on the Eastern side and those Westward of
the Rocky Mountains.
THE sea-coast of Texas, until settlers from the
United States attracted commerce to the country,
was almost unfrequented by mariners. "The Intendancy
of San Luis," says Humboldt, "comprehends
more than 230 leagues of sea coast, but
without commerce, and without activity, with the
exception of a few small vessels which come from
the West Indies to lay in provisions, either at the
bar of Tampico near Panuco, or at the anchorage
of New Santander. That part which extends from
the mouth of the Rio Grande del Norte to the River
Sabine is almost still unknown, and has never been
examined by navigators. It would be of great importance,
however, to discover a good port on this
northern extremity of the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately,
the eastern coast of New Spain offers every
whlere the same obstacles-a want of depth for ves
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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/m1/72/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .