Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 124 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
operated seriously against emigration, without due consideration
of the means which might be put in operation
for obviating those disadvantages. Nature has
not conferred more distinguished advantages on any
country, and it remains only for the people to improve
them. By observation of the southern part of the State,
along the entire coast from the Sabine to the Rio
Grande, it may be seen there is a natural communication
almost complete, and by connecting the several rivers,
bayous, and bays, the whole extent from the east
to the west might be opened for safe navigation. Much
interest is expressed in that portion of the State for
such an improvement, and it will probably go into execution
as soon as practicable.
The soil of middle Texas is favorable to the production
of every variety of grain. Wheat, rye, and oats
grow well, amply rewarding the labor of the husbandman.
The more profitable cultivation of cotton,
however, absorbs the consideration of farmers mostly
in the southern counties, and this section has to look to
the upper counties for their supply of grain, where that
grows in the greatest perfection. The cultivation of
sugar cane is engaging the attention of many of the
farmers, and the soil and climate are found admirably
adapted to its production. From experiments already
made, it is fully ascertained that the land is equal, if
not superior to any other portion of the United States.
In a few years it may be expected that the large tracts
of land will be made into beautiful sugar plantations,
which will greatly enhance their value, and, probably,
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/124/: accessed June 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .