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BAYS AND STREAMS.
a short distance below Red Fish Bar; Moses, Highland,
and Hall's Creeks enter the same bay from the
west, as does also Chocolate Bayou, a stream about
thirty miles in length, near the western extremity of
Galveston island. New Bayou differs little in appearance
from Chocolate Bayou.
SAN Luis HARBOUR. - San Luis Harbour and
Inlet are situated near the west end of Galveston
island, and derive their cliief importance from their
proximity to the mouths of the Brazos river and
Oyster Creek, the commerce of which with foreign
countries will perhaps be conducted through this
medium of communication, in consequence of the
obstructions to navigation at the confluence of those
rivers with the gulf. The harbour is formed by
San Luis island and a neck of the mainland, which
are said to afford effectual shelter in any weather.
It is connected with the bay of Galveston by a shallow
sound of from four and a half to six feet water.
This harbour is pronounced by some authorities to
be one of the best upon the coast of Texas, and
equal to any situated on the Mexican gulf. It has
been examined by officers of the Republic, as well
as by private individuals, and the average depth
of water is represented in these reports to exceed
twelve feet and a half. The harbour is described
as perfectly safe-the channel easy of entrance, and
vessels drawing ten feet water may, it is stated,
approach within six feet of the shore, either on the
island of San Luis, or the mainland. Bastrop
Creek, of which Fleus and Austin Bayous are
branches, flow into San Luis harbour.
A company have purchased the island, witlh part
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