Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 160 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
turning their attention from trivial amusements to the
cultivation of those powers which might be rendered to
them sources of pleasure and usefulness.
Matagorda and Brazoria are important points, both
of which constitute the county seats of two wealthy
counties. The distance between the two points is forty
miles; the land is exceedingly fertile, and most of the
country densely populated. This is known as an extensive
body of lands called " Old Caney," which is well
adapted to the cultivation of cotton and sugar; the
latter proving to be much the most certain and profitable
crop, the planters are mostly turning their attention
to its cultivation. The Caney country is heavily
timbered with a variety of species, rendering building
The planters are generally wealthy, and are desirous
of availing themselves of schools, preaching of the gospel,
and even now, fluctuations are
of common occurrence, and permanent calculations
for the future are somewhat precarious. Such are
the changes which are constantly occurring, that it is
not at all improbable that places which have scarcely
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/160/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .