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: 45 of 859
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and Laguna Madre. During the late war, Texas was
altogetier supplied froi here. The Laguna Madre (so
called by the Mexicans because of the many smaller lagunas
that open up into the interior from it,) as it will be seen
from the map, is a bay between Padre Island (so named
from ' El Padre Balli, who owned a rancho on it in anteTexas
times) and the main-land. This laguna is about one
hundred and twenty miles long and from three to six
miles broad, and very shallow, not averaging more than
eighteen inches deep. In the spring and summer months
the prevalent winds drive the water of the Gulf in a steady
current up the laguna from south to north. Passing
over this long and shallow flat, under a burning sun, the
water evaporates rapidly, and when it reaches the northern
part of the laguna, it is intensely salt. From the mother
laguna the winds drive this salt water slowly up the
innumerable smaller lagunas that make up from it into
the main-land. These are generally from three to six
inches deep, and in many instances very broad. Here
the evaporation continues, and during the dry weather of
spring and summer the sl tal crystaizes and settles on the
bottom in great abundance. Nature seems to have provided
here, on her usual gigantic scale, works for the
making of salt by solar evaporation. The process, as
will be perceived, is a good deal the same that men have
adopted on the coast of France, Key West, Turk's Island,
etc., to procure salt from the same source. The quantity
that can be raked up in this locality during the surmmer
varies according to the depth of fall rain. Some seasons
it will form about as fast as it can be raked, and the
quantity is only to be limited by the capacity for gathering
it. To speak within carefully considered bounds, I believe
that in an average dry season ten millions of bushels can
be collected within fifty miles of navigation on Corpus
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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/m1/45/: accessed May 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .