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JEREZ DE LOS CABALLEROS

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 325 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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JEREZ DE LOS CABALLEROS, a town of south-western Spain, in the province of Badajoz, picturesquely situated on two heights overlooking the river Ardila, a tributary of the Guadiana, 12 M. E. of the Portuguese frontier. Pop. (1900), 10,271. The old town is surrounded by a Moorish wall with six gates; the newer portion is well and regularly built, and planted with numerous orange and other fruit trees. Owing to the lack of railway communication Jerez is of little commercial importance; its staple trade is in agricultural produce, especially in ham and bacon from the large herds of swine which are reared in the surrounding oak forests. The town is said to have been founded by Alphonso IX. of Leon in 1229; in 1232 it was ex-tended by his son St Ferdinand, who gave it to the knights templar. Hence the name Jerez de los Caballeros, " Jerez of the knights."
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