The Spanish Acequias of San Antonio (Hardcover)

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Description


This is the first book on the extensive Spanish-era acequia system that supplied water to San Antonio for nearly two centuries. Using techniques brought to Spain from North Africa by the Moors, this 50-mile system of acequias--irrigation ditches--used a variety of ingenious techniques such as hollowed logs, diversion dams and stone aqueducts to coax water from San Pedro Springs and the San Antonio River to homes and fields. It was perhaps the most extensive such network within the presentday United States. Just south of San Antonio, the Espada Mission acequia and its 1740s aqueduct have remained in continuous use.

About the Author


Waynne Cox (1934-2004) spent twenty-six years as a research associate with the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His excavations frequently and unexpectedly uncovered remains of the city's acequias, causing him to take a particular interest in them and become a leading authority on the subject.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781595347060
ISBN-10: 1595347062
Publisher: Maverick Books
Publication Date: January 1st, 2010
Pages: 106
Language: English