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Ice is quite old. The Romans already used it to chill drinks. It was hugely expensive, and remained so until mass production of ice became industrially possible. Ice was gathered in wintertime and stored in insulated cellars underground or in insulated houses build for the purpose. It was a laborious job to cut the ice and transport it to the cellars. Only ...


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Corn needs summer rain or irrigation, so it was the main cereal throughout Mexico, the Southwest and east of the Rockies. California's climate (winter rain, dry summers) was better suited for wheat and Northern California became the wheat basket for all of Spanish America (and later Mexico). As a result, wheat flour tortillas where the staple in California ...


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