Spanish Peasant in a straw coat, 1808.

Traditional Peninsula costume. Spain, Portugal shepard in Straw Coat clothing

Peninsula Peasant in Straw Coat


THE shepherds and labouring Peasants in most provinces of the Peninsula, protect themselves from the periodical heavy rains by a straw covering; this species of clothing is matted together, and is made sufficiently large to cover the whole person. By thus, as it were thatching themselves in, the Peasants pursue their out of doors occupation without any inconvenience from the weather.

Gallery: The Peninsula War.
Sketches of the country, character, and costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the campaign, and on the route of the British Army, in 1808 and 1809.