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Author Candiani, Vera

Title Dreaming of Dry Land : Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City / Vera S. Candiani
Published Palo Alto : Stanford University Press, 2014
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Contents Table of Contents; List of Images; Preface; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Note on the Colonial Regime; Introduction; One. Living in a Fluid Landscape; Two. Dreaming of Dry Land; Three. The Trench of Misfortunes; Four. To Serve the City in Desagüe Country; Five. All the King's Men; Six. A Show of Patriotism at the End of the Trench; Seven. Toward "Waterless and Dry" Ground; Eight. Deep Colonizing; Epilogue; Notes; Index
Summary Not long after the conquest, the City of Mexico's rise to become the crown jewel in the Spanish empire was compromised by the lakes that surrounded it. Their increasing propensity to overflow destroyed wealth and alarmed urban elites, who responded with what would become the most transformative and protracted drainage project in the early modern America-the Desagüe de Huehuetoca. Hundreds of technicians, thousands of indigenous workers, and millions of pesos were marshaled to realize a complex system of canals, tunnels, dams, floodgates, and reservoirs. Vera S. Candiani's Dream
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Subject Drainage -- Mexico -- Mexico, Valley of -- History -- 17th century.
Flood control -- Mexico -- Mexico, Valley of -- History -- 17th century.
Human ecology -- Mexico -- Mexico, Valley of -- History -- 17th century.
Hydraulic engineering -- Mexico -- Mexico, Valley of -- History -- 17th century.
Land use -- Mexico -- Mexico, Valley of -- History -- 17th century.
Public works -- Mexico -- Mexico, Valley of -- History -- 17th century.
Mexico -- History -- Spanish colony, 1540-1810.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0804791074 (electronic bk.)
9780804791076 (electronic bk.)