San Pedro Spain
Although the history of San Pedro is quite recent (only 150 years since the Marquis del Duero founded this Colony), historic testimonies of a remote past exist; like Las Bovedas, a roman edifice in ruins of the 3rd century; the paleo-christian Basilica of Vega del Mar of the IV century or the watch Tower of the 16th century.
The origins of San Pedro go back to the first Marquis del Duero, who created in 1855 the agricultural colony of San Pedro de Alcantara. The construction of little dams permitted the introduction of innovative forms of intensive cultivation through irrigating systems in an area of about 5.000 hectares of formerly broken and dried land.
At the same time, he imported the latest models of farming machines from the US and Great Britain. As the marquis needed experienced workers in agriculture, he recruited farmers and laborers from Granada, Almeria, Valencia and Murcia. They were offered very attractive and progressive conditions for those days: A house, an orchard for self consume and a cooperative store.
An ancient roman roadway was the only land way of communication and for that reason a network of lanes were built, of which some are still used today.
Some of the monuments that can be seen in the area are the roman thermes from the 3rd century between the rivers Arroyo del Chopo and Guadalmina, 500 meters away from the Basilica de Vega del Mar, a paleo-christian Church from the 4th century.
As well close to the roman thermes we find the Torre Almenara de Bóvedas, a watchtower from the 16th century.
In the village itself we find the church from the 19th century built in colonial style from the Marqués de Duero.
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