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All Them Ditches: The Spanish Colonial Water Management System of San Antonio de Bexar

Author(s): Antonia L Figueroa

Year: 2017

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Remnants of one of the largest and most extensive Spanish Colonial acequia water systems in the United States can be found in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. Acequias contributed to the flourishing of the missions and colonial farming settlements in San Antonio de Bexar. This extensive system of ditches redirected water in various parts of present day Bexar County for agricultural and household purposes. At least six principal acequias and numerous secondary branches have been identified with the aid of archival and archaeological research. Recent investigations by the Center for Archaeological Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio has documented secondary branches of the Espada acequia in south Bexar County. Using archival and archaeological data, this presentation will focus particularly on the Espada acequia system and the management of water supplied to farmlands (labores) and households.

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All Them Ditches: The Spanish Colonial Water Management System of San Antonio de Bexar. Antonia L Figueroa. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435690)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 390

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America