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: 40 of 859
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
"This district, after leaving the coast-country just described,
becomes rolling and gradually hilly. On the
extreme north-west, it borders on the outlying hills or
mountains of the 'Staked Plain,' (Llano Estacado,) but
within its limits there are no very high elevations, though
the general level of the north-western part is nearly one
thousand feet above the sea. There is a distinctly marked
range of hills crossing the territory from north-east to
south-west, which deserves special notice, not only because
it presents an interesting natural feature of the country,
but because of the indications of valuable minerals found
in the ran ge, of which more will be said hereafter. This
range commences in the western side of Karnes county,
at the place called ' Rocky.' It passes across the Nueces
a short distance above Oakville, and strikes the Rio
Grande a few miles below Carriza, in Zapata county.
The 'Zancajo' hill (or mountain) in Duval county is
part of the range; and in the southern part of that
county, and in Zapata county, it presents quite a marked
feature, and is called by the Mexicans ' La Sierra.'
"On the Rio Grande, from the commencement of the
hills, the country is much more broken than anywhere
east of it. From Rio Grande City (Ringgold) up to Eagle
Pass, as your road winds alongthe river, high mountains,
the offshoots of the Sierra Aadre of Mexico, are never
out of sight on the western horizon.
"As was said at the beginning, this is not an agricultural
region. In nothing is the increasing dryness of the climate,
as you proceed west and south, more noticeable than
in the growth of vegetation. The cyprus, magnolia, dogwood,
and other trees of a moist and temperate climate,
commonin Eastern Texas, pretty much disappear on the
Colorado. The pine reaches the river near Bastrop, and
the cedar is seen on the hills north of San Antonio. But
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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/m1/40/: accessed October 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .