National Geographic : 1934 Jul
© National Geographic Society Natural Color Photograph byWilhelm Tobien MADEIRA'S TERRACED HILLSIDES RIVAL THE STAIRCASE FARMS OF OLD PERU The island's hard-working peasantry have mastered "perpendicular agriculture." Above the sprawling village ofSao Vicente, onthescenic, precipitous northern coast, vineyards and farms rise in terraces up the green slopes. The rich volcanic soil springs to lifeatthe touch ofwater brought from therain catching mountain tops through stone irrigating canals, miles long. Beyond lies the gleaming Atlantic. Atthis town terminates thepaved trans-island highway from Ribeira Brava (see Color Plate II).