A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state. Page: 26 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
square miles; this exclusive of Greer county. It extends
from about twenty-five and one half degrees to thirty-six
and one half, north latitude, and from ninety-three ancl a
half to one hundred and seven degrees of longitude west
from Greenwich. Its greatest extent from n orth to south
is nearly one thousand miles, and it is but little less from
east to west.
Texas, thus situated on the Gulf of Mexico, stretches
half-way to the Pacific Ocean, in a clinate Where snows
are almost unknown, and lies right in the track along
which the vast commerce fro the Eas t he t t the West
must ultimately flow. The great continental railway is
destined inevitably to traverse this territory, and some of
its eastern termini must be at some of its seaports.
In those portions of the State devoted to agriculture, a
large proportion of the land is susceptible of cultivation,
and immense bodies are as rich and fertile as can be found
on the continent. This is true, not only of the alluvial bottoms,
but also of a considerable proportion of the prairie
lands of the interior.
Writers speak of the stock region ; of the sugar belt;
of the cotton belt, and the wheat region; but in truth
every kind of stock, such as horses, mules, cattle, sheep,
goats, hogs, etc., do well in all parts of the State, and can
be raised with profit anywhere by giving the necessary
attention to them. So of the soil products. Every arable
acre of ground in the State will produce corn, cotton,
sorghum, potatoes, Irish or sweet, peaches, grapes, etc.
Sugar from the ribbon cane may be profitably cultivated
anywhere south of the thirtieth parallel of north latitude;
and wheat, rye, oats, apples, etc., anywhere north of that
The coast counties for a distance of fifty to one hundred
miles interior are quite level, but beyond, the coun
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Thrall, Homer S. A pictorial history of Texas, from the earliest visits of European adventurers, to A.D. 1879. Embracing the periods of missions, colonization, the revolution the republic, and the state; also, a topographical description of the country ... together with its Indian tribes and their wars, and biographical sketches of hundreds of its leading historical characters. Also, a list of the countries, with historical and topical notes, and descriptions of the public institutions of the state., book, 1879; St. Louis, Mo.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5828/m1/26/: accessed January 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .