Colony of Santa Eulalia in Sax, Spain

In 1886, Antonio de Padua y Saavedra, the count of Alcudia and Gestalgar, created a self-sufficient commune dubbed the Colony of Santa Eulalia. He based it on the Utopian Socialist movement in Europe, which had aimed to create autonomous towns as an alternative to the bigger cities they felt had been corrupted by the Industrial Revolution.

The colony, situated between the towns of Sax and Villena, operated completely self-sufficiently by growing, processing, and commercializing its own...

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