Watching Our Salt.

Here, the heart of Vendée is an emblem from more recent times, but salt-making here goes back to pre-history.  The Romans made major technical improvements and developed the system that works here to this day.  These marshes are naturally composed of a very fine grade of clay. The Romans and the monks of the Middle Ages worked the marshes like a large clay pot and made a labyrinth of basins to hold sea water brought here through the dikes and channels.
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