Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mexico Trip Day 6 - Hacienda

Today we drove out to a working Hacienda.  Haciendas were similar to southern plantations.  The crop at the one we went to was Sisal, made from the agave cactus.  Sisal was used to make rope in the mid to late 1800's, and was a major export of the Yucatan penninsula during world war I.  They used to call it the "green gold".  That is until they invented synthetic fibers...

The name of the Hacienda is Sotuta De Peon.

The Pool

The Main House

The Agave Cactus

Harvesting the Cactus

Combing The Fibers

Making Rope

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