Picking Oranges Near Valencia, Spain

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If you turn to your map of Spain you will find the city of Valencia on the east coast. It is a port of the Bay of Valencia, a part of the Mediterranean Sea. Valencia is the capital of the province of the same name, and is one of the most important cities of Spain. It is about the size of Indianapolis; that is, it has a population of about 233,000. It is the center of Spanish art, but it is perhaps most widely known because it is the great port for the shipping of the products of the famous orange groves round about it. The province of Valencia is very fertile. It is well watered and produces grains, rice, grapes, oranges, and many semi-tropical fruits. It was once noted for its silk. But it is its orange groves that we are now particularly interested in. Valencia oranges are known the world over. In Europe, however, they are much better known than they are here, because the bulk of the crop is shipped to Great Britain and to the eastern tier of countries of the continent. It is said that Great Britain gets half the oranges that go through the port of Valencia. These are largely made up into the famous English marmalade. The two native Spaniards-man and boy-are busy picking the fruit in an orange grove. The view suggests how carefully the crop is handled. While the boy holds the basket on his head, the man fills it with hand-picked oranges. The boy will carry the basket to the packing house, where the oranges will be carefully crated, shipped to Valencia, and there put aboard steamers. Oranges were introduced into Europe by the Portuguese about the middle of the 15th century. From Portugal the cultivation spread rapidly to Spain, and from Spain to the West Indies. Keystone ID: 15834 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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