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sels drawing more than twelve feet six inches of
water-bars at the mouths of the rivers-necks of
land and long islets, of which the direction is
parallel to that of the continent. The shore of the
provinces of New Santander and Texas, from the
21 to the 29 of latitude, is singularly festooned,
and presents a succession of interior basins, some of
them completely shut in, others communicating by
several channels with the ocean. The latter are of
great advantage to the coasting trade, as coasting
vessels are there secure from the great swells of the
ocean. It would be interesting for geology to examine
if these lagunas have been formed by currents
penetrating far into the country, by irruptions,
or if those long and narrow islets, ranged
parallel to the coast, are bars which have gradually
risen above the mean level of the waters."
On the Atlantic side, the commerce of New Spain
has two main openings-Vera Cruz and Tampico.
The port of Vera Cruz, according to the same
authority, is merely " a bad anchorage among shallows."
Tampico is safer for shipping, althlough the
bar prevents the entry of vessels drawing more than
a light depth of water. The coast of Mexico,
along the gulf, may be considered as a dyke, against
which the trade winds and perpetual motion of the
waves from east to west, throw up the sands which
the agitated ocean carries along. The sands heaped
up by the vortices of the waters from the peninsula
of Yucatan to the mouths of the Rio G-rande and
the Mississippi, miserably contract the basin of the
Mexican gulf. The rivers which descend fiom the
Sierra Madre, and enter the Atlantic ocean, have,
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