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What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans

What Did the Hill Country Look Like Before Europeans Came Here?

A friend of mine and I were discussing that topic recently and it occurred to me that other folks might be interested in it as well.

The problem is, there are a lot of common myths about that subject that one still hears even today. One is that the Hill Country used to be a “Sea of grass.” Another is that “Cedar was not here originally and it was imported.” Anyone who has read enough of the writings of the many explorers and settlers who were among the first Europeans to see the Hill Country knows that neither of the above are true.

These myths are often perpetrated when a person hears someone describe the pre-European Hill Country by emphasizing a single aspect, but then that person repeats what they heard as though it applies to ALL of the Hill Country.


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