Planting Sugar Cane Near Lima, Peru

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After the fields are plowed and harrowed, the next task on the sugar hacienda (ä-syn´ dä) is to set out the cane. The ground is furrowed out in straight rows about four feet apart. In these furrows are laid the stalks of cane. It is the leaves on these stalks that you see standing up in the rows. These are not the young shoots. But from each joint in the stalk there will soon spring up young plants. It will not be necessary to replant this field for many years. There are fields that have produced good cane without being replanted for as many as 50 years. But of course this is much longer than the old plants are usually allowed to stand. The view shows beautifully the great, level extent of farming land in the Peruvian valley. Far in the distance you can make out the rounded peaks of the mountain range. Notice the overseen with his horses, taking care that the workmen cover the cane stalks properly. This plantation is near Lima, a city that is often called the Paris of South America. It is about the size of Atlanta, Georgia. Its seaport is Callao (käl-yä´ ), 7 miles distant. Peru is a land of varied climates and a strange mixture of the old and the new. On the mountain peaks of the Andes lies the everlasting snow. In the valleys grow the plants of the tropics. It has been the seat of civilizations since nobody knows when. We know that the Incas has great cities when the Spaniards first came. Recently cities of a civilization older than that of the Incas have been unearthed. The chief wealth of the country is in its rich mines. The word Peru meant to the Europeans for a long time the land of silver. We now know that its copper is more valuable than its silver. Keystone ID: 21868 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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