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It is bounded on the south by the Sierra Morena and on the north by the La Alcarria region. La Mancha includes portions of the modern provinces of Cuenca , Toledo , and Albacete , and most of the Ciudad Real province. La Mancha historical comarca constitutes the southern portion of Castile-La Mancha autonomous community and makes up most of the present-day administrative region. The name of the city of Almansa in Albacete also has the same origin.
The largest plain in the Iberian Peninsula , La Mancha is made up of plateau averaging to metres in altitude although it reaches metres in Campo de Montiel and other parts , centering on the province of Ciudad Real. The Spanish historian Hosta gives the most accepted description of the limits of the geographical La Mancha plain:. Afterwards, La Mancha was also divided into Mancha Alta and Mancha Baja, according to the level and flow of its rivers, including the first one the northeast part, from Villarubia de los Ojos until Belmonte, country of the old Iberian Lamitans, and the second one the southwest part, including Campo de Calatrava and Campo de Montiel, old country of the Iberian Oretans.
The climate is continental, with strong fluctuations. Agriculture wheat, barley, oats, wine grapes, olives is the primary economic activity, but it is severely restricted by the harsh environmental conditions.
La Mancha has always been an important agricultural zone. Other crops include cereals hence the famous windmills and saffron. Sheep are raised and bred, providing the famous Manchego cheese , as are goats, including the La Mancha goat, one of the assumed progenitors of the American La mancha goat.
Miguel de Cervantes gave international fame to this land and its windmills when he wrote his novel Don Quixote de La Mancha. Cervantes was making fun of this region, using a pun; a "mancha" was also a stain, as on one's honor, and thus a hilariously inappropriate homeland for a dignified knight-errant.
Several film versions of Don Quixote have actually been filmed largely in La Mancha. However, at least two of the most famous - the Russian film version, and the screen version of Man of La Mancha , were not.
Pabst's version of Cervantes's novel was shot in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Chisholm, Hugh, ed Cambridge University Press. Wikimedia Foundation. Mancha triangular de color nacarado que aparece en la conjuntiva bulbar en la zona de la hendidura palpebral en los pacientes que presentan avitaminosis A xeroftalmia.
Medical Dictionary. Alvaro Galiano. Mancha manteles — literally, tablecloth stain in Mexican cuisine, is a stew of assorted meat, chillies, vegetables, and fruits.
We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this. For the Spanish goat, see La Mancha goat. For the American short-eared goat, see American Lamancha goat. Wikisource, The Free Library. July 24, , UTC. Accessed July 24, Retrieved 1 April Mark and share Search through all dictionaries Translate… Search Internet.
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