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Waters Of Paradise: A Brief Hydroloquy On The Gardens Of Spain And New Spain

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It took some time for Christopher Columbus to assure himself that he had reached one of the goals of his repeated explorations, the veritable Garden of Eden. Waters of Paradise describes how the essence of all life forms was harnessed and constrained to provide pleasure and power, the visible achievements of Conquest. The external garden emulated one of the most significant features of the desert, the oasis. In fertile Spain the garden did not have to offer succor against thirst and death, but it is likely that traditional fruit trees and evergreens figured in the Andalucian designs, as well as, indubitably, scented shrubs and flowers to please the human senses and attract birds and butterflies.

Keywords: Andalucian design; Garden of Eden; southern Spain

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