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A Berber clan, the Ait Iraten (those chosen by God), sits on Artá.
THE CHRISTIAN CONQUEST
In 1229, Jaume I conquered Mallorca and he and his gentlemen received ownership of all possessions, including the Beni-Axir Farmhouse, which some authors identify with Es Racó.
In 1230, the farmhouse was awarded to the Catalan family of Los Rossell.
It is known that during the fifteenth century, it was in the hands of the Sancho family. At this time there was a lot of violence, and many bandits sought refuge in mountainous areas such as those surrounding the farm.
THE XVI CENTURY
In 1508, the last heir of the Sancho family sold the estate to the notary Juan Crespí, who sold it again in 1514 to Sebastián Massanet.
In 1525 the public road that reaches Es Racó appears for the first time.
In 1532, the Massanet family sells the farm to Domingo Janer, but they continue to reside and exploit the farm as sharecroppers.
In 1566 comes a landing of Berber pirates who assaulted the neighboring farm. Due to their proximity to the village, the pirates decided to avoid a clash with local militias and re-embarked with their loot leaving Es Racó intact.
THE XVII-XIX CENTURIES
In 1612 Domingo Janer sells the estate to the merchant Bartolomé Malferit and in 1658 it belongs to Jerónimo de Sales, gentleman of the military order of Montesa.
At the end of the 18th century the estate became in the hands of the Zaforteza family. In 1810 its owner was Tomás Forteza and in the 1870s of his descendant, José Quint Zaforteza, count of Olocau, participant in the Carlist side during the third war.
THE XX CENTURY and the present
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the estate became in the hands of Luis Amorós, a lawyer who dedicated his life to archeology. He also owned the neighboring farm of La Duaia.
According to documents of the time, around 1940, 10 people lived permanently, who were dedicated to the tasks of the field. They had cattle, pigs, mules and also produced oil.
From the 60s, the economy in Mallorca turns completely towards tourism and farms (Es Racó included) are losing competitiveness.
Currently, Es Racó belongs to Jaume Danús and Antoni Esteva, who have turned it into a rural hotel, or rather a refuge of peace and infinite calm.
The old crops will be reborn in the present: New olive trees will take over from the old trees planted by the Berbers. Hectares of vineyard will cover the needs of the guests along with the horticulture, which will supply the local people again and the horses will run free again along the slopes of the Racó.