SPAIN: Farewell to Peacocks

In times past the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Moors and Spaniards have overrun the Island of Mallorca, "Pearl of the Mediterranean" off the coast of Spain. Their admixed descendants, the Mallorcans, have very black, sunken eyes, a strangely dissipated look. They lazily raise silk worms, goats, oranges, olives, almonds.

Years ago Mallorca was discovered by a few Britishers who like to dress for dinner in semitropical climates. They encouraged Mallorcans to keep prices amazingly low ($1 a day for hotel room & meals). They swam staidly in the little blue bays,...

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