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: 27 of 859
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try becomes rolling, with alternate gradual elevations and
depressions, and this inequality of surface increases as we
proceed towards the northwest, until it finally becomes
hilly and then mountainous in some of the northwestern
counties. In fact the whole of Texas is an inclined plane,
with a gradual descent from the northern or western
boundary to the Gulf. Austin and San Antonio are six
hundred feet above the Gulf surface, and the country
farther north is still more elevated. The highest of
the mountains do not, however, exceed two thousand feet
above their base.
It seems to be a general impression with people abroad
that Texas is unhealthy; that the climate is excessively
hot; and that foreigners especially run a great risk in
coming to a State so far south. Nothing can be more remote
from the truth, as thousands of foreigners from all
parts of Europe can testify. The temperature in Texas
in the hottest days of summer is nearly always several
degrees below the greatest heat at the North, and while
many deaths in most of the Northern cities occur every
year from sun stroke, there is not, perhaps, a well authenticated
instance in Texas of a single death from this cause.
But a comparison of the range of the thermometer there
and here removes all doubt on that subject. In winter
the difference in temperature between Texas and the
Northern States is still more manifest the severity of
the cold being many degrees greater there than here.
The fact is established beyond doubt that Texas has the
most uniform, equable and mild temperature of any State
in the Union, neither the heat or the cold being so excessive,
and, other things being equal, this exemption from
the extremes of heat and cold is prima facie evidence of
a more healthful climate. But this evidence is corroborated
by experience, for although certain diseases are prev
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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/m1/27/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .