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of the mainland, including the harbour, for the purpose
of laying off a town, which they propose to connect
with the Brazos river by a railroad or canal, and
thus obtain the shipments of the produce of the great
cotton region of Texas. It is proper to observe that
there is considerable difference of opinion (originating
probably in conflicting interests) as to the maritime
advantages of San Luis.
BRAZOS RIVER AND ITS BRANCHES.
The distance from Galveston inlet to the embouchure
of the Brazos is about forty miles coastwise.
Brazos de Dios, usually called the Brazos
River (on the older maps, the Rio Flores), rises in
the Guadalupe mountains, and has a circuitous
course, the whole extent of which is computed to
reach one thousand miles. Like Red River, the
waters of the Brazos are frequently red, from earthy
deposits, and brackish, owing to one of its branches
running through a large salt lake, far in the interior.
The name of Colorado would be applied to
the Brazos with much greater propriety than to the
river so designated, the waters of which, instead of
being red, as the name indicates, are clear, except
during or after its periodical rising; whereas those
of the Brazos are red and muddy. The banks of
the Brazos, for an extent of two hundred miles from
its mouth, range in depth from twenty to forty feet,
and in ordinary seasons are not overflowed. After
heavy rains, in the upper country, the river swells
into a torrent, which descends with great impetuosity.
The banks, however, being formed of a
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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/m1/86/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .