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had already been sown, have brought into their African Mecca the same brilliant civilisation left behind them, and which for a while in the ninth century flourished under Berber rule in carried on the agricultural in Spain, since this so excelled enlightenment in which they had field every tradition at least, offered an even happier

Kairowan.

Still

more might they have

country, by for such than either Algeria or Morocco, and the Moorish experiBut ence was rich with centuries of experience on the peninsular. than been other had never the Arab hold on Tunisia religious. till the plains and leave Berber to the tribes, overlooking the rich mountains and forests

The nomads

of Arabia were content to

the fact pointed out by history that this country had always resisted colonisation in the true sense of the word through the cultivation

of

its

lovely pastures alone.

Since

Roman

days, Tunisia's mis-

seems to have misled guiding advertisement of classic granary them no less than it has since misled foreign colonisers. This promise, still regarded as of boundless there are yet valleys and mountains to be agricultural wealth, for and capital such as even in explored, has always demanded labour

country of peculiar

prime the Moors of Spain had never needed to expend upon the vast fields of Andalusia, and which certainly neither Roman nor Mohamedan had ventured in Africa. Wealth was sucked from their

by those colonisers of the past, rather than which still seems to passed into them, an error in the long run tempt colonisers of to-day. Even in Roman days who knows whether this famous granary of Rome indicated more than the

their African colonies

natural produce of a rich but carelessly cultivated land, since the size of the population it furnished on Italian soil is unknown, and

Rome may have possessed many other granaries as well.

Certain ly

and only the country colonising to-day is an expensive pursuit, that can spend lavishly upon its colonies is likely to hold them. such success now. Capital, not labour, seems to back up If Algeria is just such a field for a rich country's lavish

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In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

In the track of the Moors -Sketches in Spain and Northern Africa  

Impressions of Spain.- Andalusia.- Granada.- Origins of Moorish architecture in Spain.- The Moorish gardens of Spain.- Arabesque and Azulejo...

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