THE SPANISH ACEQUIAS OF SAN ANTONIO

Cox, I. Waynne

Published by Maverick Publishing Company, 2005
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Synopsis: This is the first book on the remarkable 50-mile Spanish-era acequia system that supplied water to early San Antonio. It is believed to have been the most extensive such network within the present-day United States. One of the acequias, serving lands near Mission Espada, remains in use. Its 1730s stone aqueduct is a significant tourist attraction.

New towns throughout the semiarid Spanish southwest depended for water on medieval systems designed by Spanish engineers using techniques brought to Spain from North Africa by the Moors. Their acequias, or irrigation ditches, used a variety of ingenious techniques such as hollowed logs, diversion dams and stone aqueducts to coax water from nearby streams to homes and fields.

San Antonio’s founding was due to the presence of two major sources of water, San Pedro Springs and the headwaters of the San Antonio River. From these was developed perhaps the most extensive acequia system within the present-day United States. The network leading from six acequias originally served both the civilian community and five Spanish missions. Their often erratic courses determined property lines and the winding paths of many present-day streets.

Longtime archeologist Waynne Cox, who uncovered many forgotten remains of the system, outlines acequia technology as well as the construction, evolution and, in most cases, the closing by the early twentieth century of San Antonio’s acequias. His pioneering account draws from a wealth of new information unearthed in the city’s earliest municipal records. The book's 23 illustrations include 8 maps, plus notes, a bibliography and an index.

About the Author: Waynne Cox spent 26 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.

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Title: THE SPANISH ACEQUIAS OF SAN ANTONIO
Publisher: Maverick Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2005
Binding: Hard Cover in Dust Jacket
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition.

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