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Sat, an illustrious name / Angel Galdo

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The river becomes a track in the summer

I don’t pretend to be an expert because I am not but I would like to share my interest in the mystery involved in the name of the La Herradura river, Jate. I believe that the name originates from pre-Roman and not Indo-European times. There are, in fact other place names recognized as such in the South of the province of Granada and an example of this is Ízbor.

We also have villages near La Herradura called Jete and Játar but there doesn’t seem to be any physical, nor ethnographic elements that we have in common. Similar words from the same origins still remaining in use in Spanish modern language are arroyo, balsa, barranco, barra, barro, carrasco, charco, mata, morro, nava, sapo, sarro, torca, torta, vega, vera…

In the IX century, Sat or Xat, was a walled Andalusian city that competed with Almuñécar.  This might be the reason why it joined the Ibn Hafsún side, a Mozarabic of Visigothic origin, converted to Christianity, who faced the powerful Abd al-Rahman in a revolt that lasted many decades.

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Rio Jate in the summer

As retaliation the emir of Cordoba decided to personally join the fight with his army and devastated the city. All we know today is that this could have taken place near Los Castillejos, a few kilometres up the river Jete. Rio Jate in verano

Its former glory days were over but the town became one of the most prosperous farms of the entire ‘Al Andalus’, and later of Renaissance Spain thanks to the productions of silkworms and the possession of a tuna-fish trap.

During the XVII and XVIII century inhabitants of the coast were “invited” by the King to evacuate towards inland, due to the constant acts of violence by Berber pirates. Until the castle was built at the mouth of the river Jete, in the 1770s, the current La Herradura could not be born.

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Jate River on a torrential rainy day!

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