Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 118 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
The river may be successfully navigated with but
little difficulty, from six to nine months in the year, for
three hundred miles by land, and five hundred by the
course of the river.
The lands on either side of the river are of the most
fertile character. The bottom lands both on the river
and many of its tributaries are equal in every respect to
the finest Red river or Mississippi bottom lands, whilst
much of it possesses the advantage of being situated
entirely above the overflow. They are well adapted
from soil and climate to the cultivation of sugar cane
and cotton, the great staples of the south, and when
planted in corn abundantly repay the labor of cultivating
The uplands, extending many miles on either side of
the Trinity river, although less productive than bottom
lands, repay the husbandman a rich reward for the small
amount of labor required in their cultivation, yielding on
an average from twelve to fifteen hundred pounds of
cotton per acre, whilst wheat, rye and other small grain
are raised in the greatest abundance. These lands are
cheap, easily procured, and readily brought into cultivation.
The climate is of the most pleasant and salubrious
character; the winters are mild, the summers balmy and
pleasant, without extreme cold in the one, or oppressive
heat in the other; added to this, the natural beauty and
picturesque appearance of the whole country make it
a most desirable home. With the many advantages the
valley of the Trinity possesses, every reflecting mind
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/118/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .