Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 170 of 196
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TEXAS 1N 1850.
the consideration of the United States government for
improving tlhe river, and also an appropriation has been
recommended to the attention of the Mexican government
for the same purpose. The execution of this
object would be of immense service to the United
States as well as to Mexico. It would facilitate greatly
the means of supplying the upper military stations with
stores and munitions. It would also create new markets
in the adjoining Mexican States, and in our newly acquired
possessions, for an immense amount of our
productions. The long and arduous overland travel
which has heretofore been carried on from St. Louis,
Mo., would be dispensed with and the trade and transportation
carried on by steamboats on the Rio Grande.
This division is intersected by several other rivers
which are susceptible of being rendered navigable, and
probably will be, when the commercial resources of
Texas are fully taken into consideration.
The immense prairie regions of Western Texas by
cultivation yield abundantly every variety of production.
The northern portions are intersected with mountains,
]at the land in the vicinity of the mountainous districts
is found to be favorable to the production of all kinds
of grain; wheat grows in the greatest perfection; sugar
and cotton are cultivated with a good degree of success,
The mountains with which the north-western frontier
is interspersed are an essential advantage in rendering
the atmosphere more salubrious, and also of being
sources of innumerable springs and streams which
serve to irrigate the country, and form the head
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/170/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .