Texas: the rise, progress, and prospects of the Republic of Texas, Vol.1 Page: 75 of 432
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original formation of the bars, by which additions
are afterwards made to the land. Hence the coast
may be said to be gaining on the gulf, and although
many years must elapse before any decided change
is effected in the general features of the country,
yet it is certain that the gradual encroachments will
eventually produce material alteration, as well in
the mouths of the rivers, as in the present aspect
and configuration of the coast. To the operation
of like causes, geologists are warranted in attributing
the formation of the vast alluvial basin of the
Beginning at the Sabine, and proceeding in a
south-westerly line along the coast, the bays of Texas
are, Sabine, Galveston, Matagorda, La Baca, Espiritu
Santo, Aransaso and Copano, Corpus Christi and
Nueces, with the Barra de Santiago. The anchorage
is generally good, and as the water shoals gradually,
vessels approaching the coast may be guided
by the lead.
Enumerating them in a similar order, from the
north-eastern frontier, the principal rivers are the
Red River, Sabine, Neches, Trinity, Brazos de Dios,
Colorado, Guadalupe, San Antonio, Nueces, Rio
Grande del Norte. At a short distance from their
mouths, the majority are narrow and deep, with
steep and shelving banks. They are liable at
some points to overflow, but the waters usually recede
within the banks early in the spring. The
land invariably ascends from the water-courses,
and thus precludes the formation of unwholesome
swamps and pools.
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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/m1/75/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .