Irrigation folds

Pascual Boronat y Barrachina, Los moriscos españoles y su expulsión (1901): “su admirable sistema de irrigación por medio de acequias y canales.” There are few sights and sounds more satisfying than this system of horizontal soaks and vertical sluices in action.

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  1. The Madeiran version, levadas, are scored into the sides of precipitous hills and usually have a more or less badly kept-up path next to them. Foreigners (you didn’t often see the locals on them) would enjoy Sunday afternoons by walking along a foot-wide path with a hundred feet of steep rocky hillside at its unfenced edge.

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