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Central Texas

Central Texas stretches from the prairies of the northeast, through the green and fertile Hill Country, and into the chalky limestone landscape of the west. It includes two of Texas’ most pleasant cities: the music-oriented state capital of Austin, and eighty miles to the south, Hispanic-flavoured San Antonio.

Across much of the landscape, agriculture has been the economic mainstay ever since the resistant Comanche were packed off to reservations in the 1840s. The slave-driven cotton plantations of the south and east are gone, but small communities set up by Polish, Czech, Norwegian, German and Swedish immigrants in the Hill Country maintained, even until very recently, the traditions, architecture and languages of their homelands.

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  • Austin
  • The Hill Country
  • San Antonio