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: 43 of 859
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ABUNDANT TIMBER GROWTH.
none of these trees are found in the country I am describing.
Post-oaks and live-oaks are found between the San
Antonio and Nueces rivers, and the latter is common in the
'Sands' south of Corpus Christi, but they go no further
southwest. I believe the only trees on the Rio Grande
which are indigenous to Eastern Texas are the ash, elm,
cotton-wood and hackberry. The eastern man who goes
southwest will find another system of vegetation gradually
supplanting that to which he has been accustomed. The
mesquite-tree, which in the desert can send its roots far
down in search of moisture, with its bright pea-green
leaves, becomes a prominent feature of the landscape.
The I Spanish Bayonet,' an endless variety of the cactus,
and a dozen or more species of scrubby, thorny shrubs,
known under the general designation of 'chaparral'
the products of a climate of great droughts, form in many
parts an almost impenetrable jungle. On the Rio Grande
the ebony tree becomes common, and is a handsome tree
when full grown. There is also found a very ornamental
and graceful tree called the 'Tepajuaque,' which is nowhere
found north of the Rio Grande valley.
"All the trees and vegetation, and even the native animals,
birds, and insects, seem especially adapted to a dry
" But if this country is too dry for planting purposes we
are compensated in another way. Many years' experience
has shown that Texas is the best stock-raising State of the
Union, and fot the same business this country is certainly
the best part of Texas. The very dryness of the climate,
in preventing the growth of trees to shade the soil, enables
fine and nutritious grasses to abound. It is the
paradise of horses, sheep, and cattle. I have spoken of
the numbers of cattle and horses that formerly ran wild
under the name of 'mustangs.' There is little doubt
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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/m1/43/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .