Photographer's Note

La Mancha is a natural and historical region of central Spain, south of Madrid. The name "La Mancha" is probably derived from the Arab word “al-mansha”, meaning "the dry land" or "wilderness". 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. It is here that their series of famous adventures begin, starting with Don Quixote's attack on windmills that he believes to be ferocious giants.

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