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in no small degree, contributed to increase the sand
banks. The coast of New Spain, from 18 of latitude
(the parallel of Vera Cruz) to 26 (the parallel
of the Rio Grande), abounds with bars, and vessels
which draw more than twelve feet and a half water
cannot pass without danger of grounding."
From the Sabine River to the Nueces the coast
in general is even and uniform, and easily run by
the soundings. The bars at the mouths of the
rivers are formed of shifting sands, which are subject
to much change, according to the wind. There
are numerous bays, lagoons, and openings of rivers,
along the whole coast, capable of being navigated
by vessels that can cross the bars, which are covered
with a depth of water ranging from three
to twelve feet and above, in different localities.
On Oyster Creek, about two miles from the mouth
of the Brazos, on both sides of the Brazos, the St.
Bernard, Caney, and the Colorado, an abundance
of timber may always be procured, consisting of
cedar, cypress, cotton wood, elm, ash, live oak,
black oak, post oak, and in addition to this, on
the whole line of coast, are immense quantities of
drift-wood, furnishing a never-failing supply of
fuel, and offering an inducement to the introduction
of steam navigation upon rivers better adapted to
that mode of communication than for sailing vessels,
in consequence of the bars at their entrance.
On the eastern coast of Texas there is an immense
deposit of the finest sand, with a profusion of
small marine shells, and it is apparent that from the
accumulations of the numerous rivers and creeks,
especially during their periodical swells, arises tle
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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/m1/74/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .