Rio Mandeo, Turismo, Aranga, Bergondo, betanzos, Cesuras, Coiros, Curtis, Irixoa, Oza dos ríos, Paderne

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Since the beginning of the mankind´s history, rivers have been a prioritary place of settlement for human beings. Proximity to the rivers ensures water, food, fertile farming lands, transport, and exchange with other people. The history of the Mandeo bed is not an exception, and this is the history of its crossing municipalties; about how those areas were formed and how they have evolved along the years, respecting the natural resource that the Providence gave them.

Majoritarily, traces of the castro culture are preserved in the ten municipalties in Mandeo area. Its prime representative is the castro or celtic fortification, as a very usual pre-roman settlement on the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. From this ancient celtic fortifications emerged, for example, the Roman Brigantium Falvium; which, in turn, gave rise to the present Betanzos. During the Middle Ages, the settlements increased and gradually moved away from the fortified and high elevations to meet the farming activities. Religious orders run this long period of time from their monasteries, where they had their power centres.

During the Ancient Regime, some of the councils integrated in the Project did not exist as such; being their territory distributed along various jurisdictions. Thus, Irixoa council belonged to the province of Betanzos, Curtis lands were spread along three regions, and Paderne still had to wait for some centuries to become a municipalty, event that did not happen until XIX century.

Nowadays, the Mandeo basin is a varied territory: there are councils with intense rural character, essentially focused on forest and agricultural activities, as Oza dos Ríos, Cesuras or Sobrado; whereas Bergondo and Betanzos stand out due to their industry, linked to the secondary and tertiary sectors.

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