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island, which is about forty miles in length, and
from four to six in width. Cavallo island intervenes
between Matagorda Bay and the bay of
Espiritu Santo, which are connected by two narrow
Live Oak, Austin, and Prairie Creeks, small
streams rising in a large prairie, enter Matagorda
Bay from the north, to the eastward of the embouchure
of its principal tributary-the river Colorado.
The Colorado of Texas rises in the Guadalupe
mountains, from which it has a course to the sea of
about 800 miles, running in a north-easterly direction
to its junction with the Pasigono, whence itveers
to the south-east. The banks are steep and seldom
overflowed. About ten miles from its mouth is a
" raft," formed of drifted timber, which obstructs
navigation. The Colorado enters the bay of Matagorda
by two outlets, about two miles apart.
The following creeks enter the Colorado from
the east; Cumming's, Rabb's, Pine, Oak, Eblin's,
Walberger's, Bear, Hamilton, Cypress, Honey, and
Hunting: from the west, Wilson's, Jenning's,
Jones', Buckner's, Cedar, Walnut, Onion, Spring,
and Bull. The waters of Onion Creek sink towards
the mouth, and the stream is much larger twentyfive
miles from the Colorado than it is at the point
of confluence, a peculiarity not uncommon in the
minor streams of this district. Large springs frequently
burst through the soil, and after running
a few miles, entirely disappear. In the summer,
the waters subside considerably in the beds of most
of the subordinate streams.
The Agua Fria, formed by a large spring in the
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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/m1/96/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .