Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 153 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1860.
Cruz. The city of Galveston has acquired a good degree
of importance, though it is not possessed of all the
advantages necessary to its advaicement. In access to
the interior of the country it is deficient, as it is insular,
and has no direct inland communication except by
water; in consequence of which the inland trade is
intercepted at other places, which is essential to the
prosperity of Galveston.
Notwithstanding these embarrassments, quite an extensive
business is carried on, and a large amount of
shipping done through its wharves. The present difficulties
might become obviated by improvements which
may and probably will be made. By means of a canal
to the Brasos a communication might be opened with all
the country watered by that river as high as steamboats
ascend, which would greatly facilitate its trade
from the interior. Communications might be opened
with other points of equal importance, by which means
Galveston might be rendered the market for all the
produce of the country.
The population of Galveston is about 5,000; no
great accession of citizens has been made for the last
The society is refined and intelligent, probably, equal
to any other southern city. Its religious character is
highly respectable. The church building are very
creditable, and the people of Galveston deserve the
credit of giving these objects the pre-eminence they
that of constituting the most elegant
public buildings of the city. In respect to morality,
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