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Because of its geographic position midway between Mexico and the old Louisiana Purchase, Texas has a fauna and flora that show in many respects transitional forms. The further fact that Texas was for ten years an independent republic, open to free immigration, brought into the new country citizens from diverse European lands, with their old cultures, who mixed with the preponderating immigrants from the United States. As a consequence, Texas came to be known to scientific men the world over as a new and interesting country to be explored…. Among the geographers, the most notable were William Bollaert, Thomas Falconer, and Admiral Sir Edward Belcher, (all Britishers, and Fellows of the Royal Geographical Society) ; and the German geographers, Drs. Ernst Kapp and Julius Froebel.

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